Cult Hero – Phillippe Albert

By on November 19, 2010 - 774 views

Name: Phillippe Albert

Nationality: Belgian

Club: Newcastle

Position: Central Defender

Phillippe Albert joined the Geordies in 1994, under ‘Special K’s’ Keegan side. He was a big Belgian defender.

With surprisingly good feet, Albert would often bring the ball out of defence to launch attacks. The Belgian was part of the side that took Newcastle to two second placed finishes in the Premier League. Including the infamous “I will love it if we beat them” season (1995/96).

Albert was an important part of Keegan’s attacking style of play which made Newcastle very entertaining to watch. The era embodied the general optimism that Newcastle fans still have today about how good their team is. He also won a place in the 1996 Premier League team of the year, alongside names such as Gareth Southgate, Steve Bruce and Tony Adams.

He will be remembered by the Geordie faithful for the fifth goal against Manchester United in a 5-0 romp over the champions. The elegant centre-half strode forward into the opposition half before taking two touches and dinking a beautiful chip shot over a motionless Peter Schmeichel.

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