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Lee Clark on Anfield '96, 4-3, a title slipping away and why Newcastle United won't challenge again

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“It was like the seats had all collapsed in the dugout.” A Newcastle United with very different ambitions – avoid relegation, don't concede too many - arrive at Anfield and Clark reckons a new generation of fans will never experience the magic of that title challenge.

Lee Clark slumps forward in his chair re-enacting Kevin Keegan's flop over the advertising boards during Newcastle's title-ruining 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

He was sitting just behind his boss Kevin Keegan on the bench in April 1996, and admits: “That was the moment we had in our heads: This is slipping away.

Clark went from being schoolboy prodigy to playing 200 games for his hometown club in the best years of their modern history.

Now he's a fan again, bossing Blyth Spartans, hoping to get back into the league management again, and convinced that friend Steve Bruce can earn some understanding for taking the Toon hot-seat.

“Back then, people couldn't wait for the match.

“Some says he hasn't got the best Premier League stats?
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