Goodison Is Not A Happy Hunting Ground For Toon!
His pace terrified them and he scored the first and made the third for Clarence Acuna, with Nolberto Solano grabbing the other.
Despite constant pressure, Everton had only a David Weir header to their name after almost total dominance.
Newcastle: Given, Elliott, O'Brien, Dabizas, Hughes, Solano (Lua-Lua 89), Acuna, Speed, Robert, Shearer, Bellamy.
NEWCASTLE UNITED'S LAST THREE VISITS TO GOODISON ...
2007/8 EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UTD 1
EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Yobo (Baines 85), Jagielka, Lescott,Pienaar, Fernandes, Carsley (Rodwell 90), Osman, Yakubu,Anichebe (Gravesen 85).
Subs Not Used: Wessels, Gosling.
Goals: Yakubu 28, Lescott 70, Yakubu 82 pen.
NEWCASTLE: Harper, Beye, Faye (Cacapa 46), Taylor (Ramage 90),Jose Enrique (LuaLua 79), Smith, Butt, N'Zogbia, Owen, Carroll,Duff.
Subs Not Used: Forster, Tozer.
Goals: Owen 47 pen.
Record signing Ayegbeni Yakubu struck twice to send Everton back into Europe for the third time in four seasons.The £11million that boss David Moyes paid for Yakubu has clearly paid off, with fifth place now secured.
He took his tally for the campaign to 21, and became the first Everton player to top 20 since Peter Beardsley 16 years ago.
Yakubu's first was a powerful header, and his second a late penalty. In between Joleon Lescott had settled Everton's nerves by putting them ahead again after a Michael Owen penalty had taken Newcastle level just seconds into the second-half.
At one stage Aston Villa - struggling to overtake Everton - were leading at West Ham, but that game ended 2-2 and Everton were already home and dry having held fifth place since the new year.
Everton were without injured pair Tony Hibbert and Andrew Johnson for this final game of the season, with player of the year Lescott passed fit but knowing he will need treatment on a knee problem during the summer.
Everton brought in Victor Anichebe up front while Newcastle were missing Geremi, Joey Barton, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins from the side that lost at home to Chelsea on Monday. Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Charles N'Zogbia and Andrew Carroll came into the Geordies' line-up.
Sun-drenched Goodison Park was packed and with a tremendous atmosphere. This was due in no small measure to the constant chanting from the Newcastle hordes, much of which was in support of Kevin Keegan.
It was 20 year-old Carroll - making his full league debut - who had the first shot, an effort on the turn that forced Tim Howard into a save to his right.
Manuel Fernandes fired over from 20 yards for Everton, while Yakubu saw a low drive just miss the far post, with Anichebe just inches away from a connection.
Referee Peter Walton had been lenient over a few tackles and some blatant holding but booked Damien Duff for pulling back Fernandes.
Fernandes got up to take the free-kick himself, and lifted it into the box for Yakubu to power a header past Steve Harper, his 20th of the season, after 28 minutes.
Newcastle's response was a 25-yard free-kick from N'Zogbia that dipped a foot over Howard's bar, but they were penned back from then on.
Yakubu had the ball in the net again with a close-range header, set-up by Lescott's nod back into the six-yard box. But Lescott was judged marginally offside and the effort was ruled out.
Harper punched away from Fernandes and Leon Osman curled a 20-yarder just wide as Everton sought to make the most of possession and territorial advantage.
Then Harper managed to save a Yakubu effort at full stretch, before fumbling the ball behind as he lay on the pitch.
The barrage continued when Anichebe saw a powerful header fly just over before Harper saved well from an Osman drive. Newcastle were hanging on now for the break and only a Harper kick away from Steven Pienaar avoided more trouble.
Newcastle replaced the injured Abdoulaye Faye with Claudio Cacapa at the break, and they were level within 30 seconds of the restart.
Joseph Yobo, caught off balance by a swerving run by N'Zogbia, sent the Newcastle forward flying in the box, and referee Walton pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Michael Owen to fire home the penalty, to become the first visiting player to score in four successive appearance at Goodison Park since Tom Finney in the 1950s.
Three of those have been for Liverpool, and now it was the former Anfield star who was threatening Everton's path into Europe.
Storm clouds were now enveloping, with accompanying thunder and lightning, as Harper superbly tipped over a swerving Fernandes free-kick. The atmosphere was very different now.
Alan Smith was booked for a foul on Pienaar after 65 minutes, Everton now having nothing like the grip on the game they had in the first-half.
Anichebe broke away and fired across goal, Yakubu not being close enough to turn it home.
But Everton were ahead again after 70 minutes when Fernandes' chip into the box was flicked on by Steven Taylor, and there was Lescott to role the ball into the far corner.
Harper had to save at Anichebe's feet before Everton got their third.
Osman's run into the box after 82 minutes was met with Taylor's challenge, taking man and not ball and referee Walton evened up the spot-kicks with one for Yakubu to drill home.
Everton sent on Leighton Baines and Thomas Gravesen with six minutes left for Yobo and Anichebe. Gravesen, whose loan will not be renewed, got a tremendous reception from fans on his last appearance for the club.
Lee Carsley was next to make way - for teenager Jack Rodwell - to another ovation for a player who may not sign another contract at the club. Peter Ramage replaced Taylor for Newcastle.
By now Everton fans were in party mood, the position secured and European football back at Goodison again next term.
2006/7 EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UTD 0
EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Lescott, Nuno Valente, Osman,Carsley, Arteta, Van der Meyde (Davies 78),Johnson (Beattie 71), Anichebe (McFadden 71).
Subs Not Used: Wright, Weir.
Goals: Anichebe 9, 58, Neville 62.
NEWCASTLE: Given, Solano, Ramage (Sibierski 37), Taylor,Huntington, Milner, Butt, Parker, Emre, Dyer (Pattison 78),Martins.
Subs Not Used: Srnicek, Rossi, Edgar.
Victor Anichebe enhanced his burgeoning reputation with two goals to upstage compatriot Obafemi Martins as Everton destroyed Newcastle at Goodison Park.The 18-year-old scored either side of the break to put Everton 2-0 ahead, before captain Phil Neville wrapped up an emphatic victory with his first goal for the club.
Neville's 62nd-minute goal sent Goodison Park wild - but not even his spectacular strike could eclipse Anichebe's exploits.
The rookie striker, who was born in the Nigerian capital of Lagos before his family moved to Merseyside when he was a one-year-old, was simply outstanding throughout.
Anichebe, who qualifies to play for Nigeria and England, found the net in the ninth minute and doubled his tally in the 58th minute.
He always posed a greater goal threat than countryman and Newcastle's £10million summer signing Martins, who blazed a penalty over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time to add to the visitors' misery.
Glenn Roeder's side were again crippled by injury, but goalkeeper Shay Given returned in one of three changes to the side which lost 2-1 at Bolton on Boxing Day.
Given, passed fit after a groin injury, replaced 38-year-old Pavel Srnicek - while Emre and Nolberto Solano came in for Antoine Sibierski and teenager David Edgar.
Neville returned after a one-match ban for Everton. Nuno Valente and Andy van der Meyde also started - with Simon Davies, James McFadden and Gary Naysmith dropped.
Everton began brightly in the Merseyside drizzle - and in the second minute Neville launched a quick, long throw down the flank which Anichebe raced on to in a flash.
The teenage powerhouse sent in a dangerous cross for Andy Johnson to head firmly but over the bar.
Everton found themselves ahead when some neat interplay between Mikel Arteta, Johnson and Anichebe forced a corner.
Arteta played the ball short to Neville, and his whipped cross was met by Everton defender Joseph Yobo.
The clearance from rookie Newcastle left-back Paul Huntington was weak and quickly seized upon by Anichebe who fired a low, left-foot shot into the corner from six yards.
Everton continued to hold the upper hand, and their dominance was in no small part down to Neville's steadying influence on the right flank.
After Emre and Huntington had both earned themselves yellow cards from referee Dermot Gallagher following cynical late challenges on Yobo and Arteta respectively, Neville again displayed his attacking prowess.
Shortly before the half-hour, the former Manchester United utility man produced a superb cross which Johnson and van der Meyde somehow contrived to miss.
Newcastle, who again deployed Kieron Dyer behind Martins, carried precious little attacking threat in the opening period.
But 11 minutes before the break Martins arched himself into position to plant a firm header towards goal from James Milner's deep cross.
The effort looked to be heading wide of Tim Howard's goal, but the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper was in fact required to make a smart save to tip the ball around a post.
Newcastle's cause was not helped by an injury to Peter Ramage seven minutes before the break - and with no obvious replacement, Sibierski was called into action.
Two minutes before the break, Newcastle had an opportunity to draw level when Leon Osman hauled down Dyer - and Gallagher had no hesitation pointing to the penalty spot.
The decision sparked a furore between both sets of players - but Martins failed to make the spot-kick count as he blazed his attempt high over Howard's goal.
The visitors should then have drawn level nine minutes after the restart.
Milner embarked on a weaving run and cut in from the right to hit a left-foot shot which looked destined for the top corner.
Howard proved equal to the effort with a flying save, and Martins and Steven Taylor collided as they sought to bury the loose ball.
In the 58th minute, though, the Magpies' cover was blown as Anichebe claimed his second.
A right-wing corner from Arteta was met by Johnson's flicked header which was nodded goalwards by Anichebe.
His effort came back off the bar - but he showed great awareness to fire home the rebound from inside the six-yard box.
Four minutes later, Goodison Park erupted as Neville hit Arteta's low free-kick first time with a mis-hit, dipping effort from 20 yards which flew over Given and into the far corner.
With the points effectively sealed, Anichebe left the field to a standing ovation as Everton were left to celebrate a victory which provided plenty of reasons for optimism heading into 2007.
2005/6 EVERTON 1 NEWCASTLE UTD 0
EVERTON: Martyn, Hibbert, Yobo, Weir, Neville, Arteta (Osman 79), Davies, Cahill, Van der Meyde (Kilbane 76), Beattie (Bent 85), McFadden.
Subs Not Used: Wright, Kroldrup.
Goals: Yobo 46.
NEWCASTLE: Given, Ramage, Bramble, Boumsong, Babayaro (Luque 51), Solano (Bowyer 60), Parker, Emre, N'Zogbia, Shearer, Ameobi.
Subs Not Used: Harper, Faye, Clark.
Everton climbed out of the bottom three with a win over Newcastle which followed a week of recriminations and threats from manager David Moyes of dire action in the transfer window if things did not improve.Having lost 4-0 at West Brom last weekend, Everton needed to rediscover their combative style, and quickly.
And in a game in which referee Howard Webb let far too much go but still booked six players - five from Newcastle - it was a header 54 seconds into the second period from Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo that secured victory for the Toffees.
Webb could easily have added more names to his book and somehow decided that Alan Shearer's second-half arm into David Weir's face did not deserve stronger action than the award of a free-kick.
Newcastle were poor up front and Shearer had their best chance when he rounded keeper Nigel Martyn only to see James Beattie clear off the line.
It was a nasty, sometimes spiteful match, but Everton kept their concentration and secured three priceless points.
Everton had midfielder Tim Cahill back following a groin injury while Shearer returned after hernia surgery.
But Michael Owen was denied his first appearance on Merseyside since his move from Real Madrid back to the Premiership, having failed to recover from a groin problem.
Goodison Park paid a tremendous tribute to George Best, Newcastle fans chanted his name and then both teams, officials and everyone in the stadium took part in a thunderous minute of applause while Belfast Boy was played.
The opening exchanges were littered with sloppy defending, constant infringements and the nearest to an early goal came when Jean-Alain Boumsong fouled James Beattie. McFadden drove the 20-yard free-kick around the wall only for Shay Given to palm the ball out.
Celestine Babayaro was booked for fouling Cahill, the prelude to a battle that was to erupt later.
Shearer should have scored when he sprung the offside trap and took the ball around Martyn only to find Beattie back on his own line to clear.
Charles N'Zogbia was booked for a foul on Arteta as Everton bombarded the visitors' goal.
But five minutes from the break Newcastle should have had a penalty when Shola Ameobi cracked in a 10-yard shot that Phil Neville clearly deflected around the post with his arm. Referee Howard Webb ignored the appeals for hand ball.
Wenn then booked Titus Bramble for pulling down McFadden and, when the free-kick was lifted into the box, Cahill and Babayaro were involved in a nasty exchange with the Everton man claiming he had been hit in the face.
TV replays showed both men swinging punches.
Webb opted for strong words but the players had to be held apart by the official after the half-time whistle, Cahill having plenty to say for himself as he stormed off.
Everton were ahead 54 seconds after the re-start after Given had palmed a McFadden effort for a corner.
Arteta's cross swung into the six-yard box and Yobo rose to plant a header past Given for only his third goal for the club.
Parker was next on the book after tripping Arteta.
Referee Webb appeared to be slowly losing control when Shearer caught David Weir with his arm - having pointedly looked behind to see where the Scot was. Again there was a lack of decisive action when it was really needed.
But Webb did show a yellow card when Beattie caught Luque on the ankle. Emre's free-kick was beaten away and, when Ameobi fired the ball back into the box, Parker lifted a volley over the bar, Newcastle at last starting to mount a genuine challenge.
Beattie should have settled the issue when Davies found him unmarked in the box, but the striker blasted his effort high over the bar from 15 yards.
Everton sent on Kevin Kilbane and Leon Osman for Van der Meyde and Arteta to stiffen midfield and, with 10 minutes left, Peter Ramage became the fifth Newcastle man booked when he caught Kilbane in full flow.
There was still time for Given to somehow keep out two efforts from Cahill in the final minutes when again Everton wasted chances to have settled the issue.
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE ... THE PREMIERSHIP YEARS ...
2007/2008 Sun 11 May Everton 3 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premier League
Sun 07 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 2 Everton Premier League
2006/2007 Sat 30 Dec Everton 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 24 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Everton Premiership
2005/2006 Sat 25 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Everton Premiership
Sun 27 Nov Everton 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2004/2005 Sat 07 May Everton 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 28 Nov Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Everton Premiership
2003/2004 Sat 03 Apr Newcastle Utd. 4 - 2 Everton Premiership
Sat 13 Sep Everton 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2002/2003 Sun 06 Apr Everton 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 01 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Everton Premiership
Wed 06 Nov Newcastle Utd. 3 - 3 Everton League Cup
after extra time, 90 minutes 2-2, Everton won 3-2 on penalties
2001/2002 Fri 29 Mar Newcastle Utd. 6 - 2 Everton Premiership
Sat 27 Oct Everton 1 - 3 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2000/2001 Sat 03 Mar Everton 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sat 21 Oct Newcastle Utd. 0 - 1 Everton Premiership
1999/2000 Sun 19 Mar Everton 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Mon 08 Nov Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Everton Premiership
1998/1999 Sat 17 Apr Newcastle Utd. 1 - 3 Everton Premiership
Sun 07 Mar Newcastle Utd. 4 - 1 Everton F.A. Cup
Mon 23 Nov Everton 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1997/1998 Sat 28 Feb Everton 0 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 04 Jan Everton 0 - 1 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup
Wed 24 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Everton Premiership
1996/1997 Wed 29 Jan Newcastle Utd. 4 - 1 Everton Premiership
Sat 17 Aug Everton 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1995/1996 Sat 16 Dec Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Everton Premiership
Sun 01 Oct Everton 1 - 3 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1994/1995 Fri 14 Apr Everton 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Sun 12 Mar Everton 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup
Wed 01 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Everton Premiership
1993/1994 Sat 18 Dec Everton 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
Wed 25 Aug Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Everton Premiership