8 memorable World Cup moments from Newcastle United stars

Alan Shearer delivered a memorable World Cup moment
Alan Shearer delivered a memorable World Cup moment

From penalty heroics to early flights home - Newcastle players have delivered plenty of memorable moments on the world’s biggest stage.

While there may be only one representative from Tyneside at this summer’s World Cup - Aleksandar Mitrović of Serbia - his predecessors have already made their mark on the tournament.

QUIZ: How well do you remember Newcastle United's previous World Cup stars?
From the good to the ugly, here’s our pick of the most memorable World Cup moments from Newcastle players:

1950 - Jackie Milburn (England)

The Newcastle legend became the first player from St James’s Park to represent England in a World Cup.

His tournament was fairly uneventful though, as he played just once in a 1-0 defeat to Spain as the Three Lions crashed out in the group stages.

While the on-pitch performances were far from memorable, Milburn will go down in history as one of the club’s first representatives at the tournament.

1950 - George Robledo (Chile)

Milburn’s strike partner at club level was also at the 1950 tournament as he featured for Chile - despite not speaking a word of Spanish.

He had a far more memorable tournament as - although Chile also failed to qualify for the knockout stages - he netted in a 5-2 win over the USA.

Robledo also featured against England as he enjoyed a fine personal tournament, becoming the first Newcastle player to score at a World Cup in the process.

1986 - Peter Beardsley (England)

Everyone’s stand-out memory of the 1986 World Cup is likely the same.

While Diego Maradona was busy breaking English hearts, there was a Newcastle United representative on the pitch in the form of Beardsley.

The striker had netted against Paraguay in a 3-0 win, but was powerless to prevent Maradona’s Argentinians from progressing.

For his presence during that moment alone, Beardsley’s first World Cup campaign has to go down as a memorable one.

1998 - Alan Shearer (England)

Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer only featured at one World Cup, but certainly made his mark.

Shearer captained England and scored against Tunisia in the group stages before also finding the net against Argentina in the last sixteen.

But the Three Lions crashed out on penalties against the South American side, with a late Sol Campbell header - which would have been a winner - ruled out when Shearer was adjudged to have fouled the Argentine goalkeeper.

Harsh it may have been, but it was undoubtedly memorable.

1998 - Stephane Guivarc’h (France)

Newcastle fans could have been forgiven for thinking they were onto a winner after Guivarc’h’s performances at the tournament, with the Frenchman having agreed a move to St James's Park in early June.

The striker played a key role as France lifted the World Cup on home soil, often leading the line for Aime Jacquet’s side.

He played over an hour in the final as he picked up a winners medal, but failed to carry his World Cup heroics into his time at St James’s Park where departed after a handful of appearances and a sole goal.

1998 - David Batty (England)

Despite being a regular in the England set-up by the time the tournament in France came around, Batty was given only a limited role in Glenn Hoddle’s side.

But his role in the tournament will remain infamous - with the midfielder missing the decisive penalty as England crashed out against old foes Argentina.

A memorable moment it certainly is, albeit not for the right reasons.

2006 - Michael Owen (England)

This is another tournament from a Newcastle man that won’t be remembered for the right reasons.

After a metatarsal injury had blighted his first season at St James’s Park, Owen managed to recover in time to play in England’s group stage games against Paraguay and Trinidad & Tobago - failing to score.

But just 51 seconds in to the final group stage tie against Sweden, Owen tore his ACL and was ruled out for nine months.

The striker was sent on an early plane home with the rest of the England side not far behind, as they crashed out to Portugal.

2014 - Tim Krul (Netherlands)

When Krul was named in Louis Van Gaal’s squad he probably didn’t expect to play the key role he did.

Sat on the bench for most of the tournament, Krul was thrust into the spotlight against Costa Rica at the quarter-final stage when he was brought on in the last seconds of extra time purely to face penalties.

It became the first time in World Cup history that such a substitution had been made, and the decision paid dividends as Krul saved two spot-kicks as the Netherlands progressed.