Premier League - Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle: Where are they now?

Fri, 30 Dec 08:49:00 2011

Friday witnesses the latest instalment of one of the most evocative fixtures in the Premier League: Liverpool v Newcastle United.

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In April 1996 the two sides met at Anfield in a classic encounter, with Liverpool eventually prevailing 4-3 thanks to a Stan Collymore goal in injury time that left Magpies manager Kevin Keegan slumped over an advertising hoarding in despair.

The defeat was a critical blow to Newcastle's hopes of beating Manchester United to the title and provided a perfect snapshot of the strengths and weaknesses of Keegan's side, who were known as the 'Entertainers'.

The two sides were involved in another 4-3 the following season, although it is that night at Anfield in 1996 that remains one of the most iconic games in the history of the Premier League.

But what became of the 22 men who started the game that was named the Match of the Decade in 2003?


David James: The goalkeeper, who attracted the unfortunate nickname of 'Calamity' during his time at Liverpool, eventually departed Anfield in 1999 and embarked on a long and successful career that encompassed spells at Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth. He ended the 2010 World Cup as England's first choice but his decision to join Championship club Bristol City, whom he still represents at the age of 41, saw his status slip.

Rob Jones: Liverpool's dependable right-back began to suffer extensively from injury problems after the 1995-96 season and was eventually released in 1999 after failing to overcome a knee problem that forced him to miss the entirety of the 1998-99 campaign. West Ham picked him up on a free transfer but he never made a senior appearance after injuring his knee again and was forced to retire in August 1999 at the age of just 27. He now runs a series of nursery schools in Warrington.

Mark Wright: The former England international was entering the twilight of his career by the time of the 4-3 and retired from football in 1998 after making 160 league appearances for the Reds. Wright embarked on a patchy and somewhat controversial management career in the lower leagues: he resigned from Oxford in November 2001 after being fined by the FA for making an offensive remark to a black referee, and in January 2006 departed Peterborough under a cloud after allegations he made comments of a racial nature towards a player. He is currently unemployed after a third spell as Chester manager ended in 2009.

Neil Ruddock: The no-nonsense defender, and self-styled 'Razor', also departed Liverpool in 1998 before spending spells with QPR, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swindon as he battled a rapidly-expanding waistline. Ruddock has cultivated a celebrity persona, appearing in 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here' and 'Celebrity Total Wipeout' as well as being a regular face on programmes such as 'Soccer AM'.

John Scales: The defender departed Anfield for Tottenham in 1996 but played only 33 times in the Premier League before seeing out his career with a brief four-game spell with Ipswich that ended in April 2001. Scales now runs a sports events and marketing business as well as commentating on Premier League football and working as a consultant in the industry. He also had an unlikely dalliance with famous Swedish actress Britt Ekland.

Jason McAteer: Spells with Blackburn, Sunderland and Tranmere followed his departure from Liverpool in 1999 and following the end of his playing career the man nicknamed 'Trigger' is now often spotted on TV commenting on developments at Anfield. However, he also spent a spell working as assistant to John Barnes at Tranmere in 2009 and recently stated he was interested in taking the Shamrock Rovers job.

Jamie Redknapp: Prior to the appointment of Gary Neville this summer, Jamie Redknapp was Sky Sports' alpha male following the controversial departures of Andy Gray and Richard Keys last year. He remains one of England's most high-profile pundits, and newspaper columnists, having captialised on the excellent reputation he developed during a playing career that included injury-hit spells with Tottenham and Southampton following his exit from Liverpool in 2002. Married to former pop star Louise, he is the father of two young sons.

Steve McManaman: A high-profile early exploiter of the Bosman rule, the talented midfielder made headlines when he chose to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid for free in 1999 and enjoyed a successful four years in Spain, winning La Liga and the Champions League twice. A return to England with Manchester City was rather more low key and McManaman retired in 2003 before embarking on a media career that has seen him work as a pundit for the now defunct Setanta and currently ESPN. He also has an interest in the world of horse racing with Robbie Fowler.

John Barnes: One of Liverpool's modern greats, Barnes spent another year at the club before joining Newcastle for two seasons. A brief spell at Charlton followed before Barnes had a brief and disastrous spell as Celtic boss, eventually being sacked after a defeat in the Scottish Cup that spawned the classic headline 'Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious'. Barnes subsequently managed Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers, interspersing his forays into coaching with memorable media appearances. In particular, his time as a presenter on Channel Five's football coverage saw him memorably grapple unsuccessfully with autocue.

Stan Collymore: Barnes's old team-mate has become a very accomplished broadcaster and has recently been a commendably outspoken voice against racism in football and society via his Twitter account, as well as bravely highlighting his battle against depression. His success at talkSPORT comes after a controversial spell in the spotlight that included attacking his then girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson in 1998, landing a role in 'Basic Instinct 2' and being caught dogging by The Sun.

Robbie Fowler: Though his extra-curricular activities are known to include horse racing interests and buying up half of the houses on Merseyside, Fowler has never strayed from football and is currently player-manager of Thai club Muangthong United. He left Liverpol in 2001 after falling out with Gerard Houllier, and although he returned briefly under Rafa Benitez, his career suffered a prolonged downturn during spells with Leeds, Manchester City, Cardiff, Blackburn, North Queensland Fury and then Perth Glory. His remarkable potential has never been truly fulfilled, with just seven goals from 26 international appearances for England.


Pavel Srnicek: The arrival of Shay Given in 1997 proved to be the end of the Czech's Newcastle career, although after spells in his homeland, Italy and in England with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham, he did make an unexpected return to Tyneside when making two appearances in the 2006-07 season. Now a goalkeeping coach, Srnicek has worked with the Czech national side and is expected to take up a role with Sparta Prague imminently.

Steve Watson: Another local lad who found fame at St James' Park, just like Howey, Watson was ushered out of the exit door in 1998 when joining Aston Villa in a £4 million deal. A £2.5m move to Everton followed two years later and after five seasons at Goodison he made the move to West Brom and finally Sheffield Wednesday before retiring in July 2009. Now 37, Watson currently works as development coach at Huddersfield, reporting to former Newcastle team-mate Lee Clark.

John Beresford: The popular full-back left Newcastle in 1998 and concluded his career with spells at Southampton and Birmingham City. Now 45, Beresford has worked with the Bobby Moore Fund, plays in charity games and is employed as a pundit for various media companies. He has also undertaken matchday corporate work at Newcastle.

Steve Howey: Though never the most accomplished of players, England international Howey was a fans' favourite and made 191 league appearances for Newcastle before joining Manchester City in a £2 million deal in August 2000. Brief spells with Leicester, Bolton and Hartlepool followed his three-year stay in Manchester and Howey now discusses events at the Toon on BBC Radio Newcastle's Total Sport show.

Philippe Albert: The Belgian defender will always be remembered for the time he lobbed Peter Schmeichel in a 5-0 win over Manchester United during the 1996-97 campaign and, after a loan spell with Fulham, departed Tyneside in July 1999 to return to his home country with Charleroi. Albert retired a year later and, as well as accepting media work, revealed in 2009 he was working 9-to-5 shifts at a friend's fruit and veg company.

David Ginola: One of the most glamorous foreign players in the history of the English game, Ginola bewitched Newcastle supporters for just one more year before joining Tottenham, where he would be named double Player of the Year in 1999 - a fact that deeply angered Treble-winning manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Subsequent spells with Aston Villa and Everton were markedly less successful, but following his retirement in 2002 the Frenchman has maintained his media presence with frequent TV cameos, as well as a bit of acting, and remains an idol to fans of Newcastle and Spurs.

Rob Lee: Famously denied a squad number during the ill-fated reign of Ruud Gullit, Lee finally left Newcastle in 2002 after 10 years' service and saw out his career when representing Derby, West Ham and Wycombe Wanderers. He later applied for a management position with Bournemouth, only to lose out to Kevin Bond, and has appeared on Singaporean television as a pundit. Strangely enough, Lee and former team-mate Warren Barton were arrested in 2007 after admitting driving off in a limo when the owner stepped out of the vehicle. No charges followed the incident.

David Batty: A renowned hard man in midfield, Batty stayed at Newcastle for a further two years, eventually leaving the club six months after missing a crucial penalty for England in their defeat to Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. Batty finished his career at Leeds United when returning to his first professional club, retiring in the summer of 2004 after making 438 league appearances during his time as a player. Batty has maintained a low-profile in his post-playing career but has appeared sporadically on TV.

Peter Beardsley: It is no doubt fitting that one of Newcastle's most famous football sons is currently ensconced in an important role at St James' Park. Having proved a success as reserve team boss, as well as temporarily taking charge of first-team affairs following the sacking of Chris Hughton in December 2010, Beardsley is currently Newcastle's football development manager and is responsible for recruiting young talents from across the globe. He made 277 league appearances across two spells for the Magpies before leaving the club in 1998.

Les Ferdinand: One of the most prolific strikers in the history of the Premier League is currently putting his talents to good effect in his role as Tottenham Hotspur's attacking coach, as well as joining Tim Sherwood in coaching the club's Under-19 side. Sir Les also has punditry work for Setanta and the BBC under his belt, is a keen helicopter pilot and has had to regularly field questions about being part of the gang that vandalised the Blue Peter Garden in 1983. He left Newcastle to join Spurs in 1997 before moves to West Ham, Leicester, Bolton and Reading later in his career.

Faustino Asprilla: The enigmatic Colombian striker was rather unfairly blamed as the reason Newcastle's season went downhill after his arrival in February 1996 but he hung around until Kenny Dalglish shipped him out in 1998, the highlight of course being his hat-trick in a famous 3-2 win over Barcelona in the Champions League. A peripatetic existence followed, before in 2002 he was targeted by Darlington, who paraded him before their crowd in anticipation of the striker signing a lucrative contract with the Quakers. However, he twice failed to appear for a medial before doing a runner. In 2008 he was arrested in Colombia after being accused of spraying a checkpoint with a machine gun. He has also appeared in reality TV shows.

Tom Adams - @tomEurosport / Eurosport

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