The Toon 'Class Of '96'
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2012
Lee Clark, Steve Watson and Terry McDermott re-lived their glory days with the Magpies on Goals on Sunday this week.
Terry McDermott: "When you've been involved at Newcastle United you know it's a fantastic club.
"Alan Pardew recognises that and he's doing a fantastic job there.
"I live in Newcastle now and it's a unique, special club and you have to be a special person to be a manager there."
Lee Clark: "There's no better feeling to be a Geordie lad representing your club.
"It's the best you could hope for and me and Steve achieved that. We lived the dream - and we achieved it in a fantastic era for the club.
"We got promoted form the Championship to the Premier League and we took the Premier League by storm and even one year we thought we had it.
"We were 12 points clear in February (1995-96 campaign), the mantelpiece was dusted down, we were getting ready to put the medal on there but it wasn't to be."
Steve Watson: "We all believed we were good enough to win the title but what people forget is the run Manchester United went on that season.
"All we ever did was get in the dressing room afterwards and turn on the TV to see Man U's result and it was 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 every week - 'when are they ever going to slip up?', we thought.
"We didn't run out of steam we just had a couple of bad results at the end and United just didn't lose."
Lee Clark: "We didn't have enough players in our squad who had been there and done it before.
"United had a squad full. That's why over the period they've been very successful, because they've got players who have been there, done it, seen it and handled what comes at them. And obviously the manger was very experienced as well."
Terry McDermott: "Manchester United were a very good team, there's no doubt about that, but we were the best team in the league.
"They say the best team is the one who wins the league, but on this occasion, with the football we played, we deserved to win it.
"Kevin Keegan's infamous rant live on Sky after a clash with Leeds was somewhat overplayed.
"After the game he said he was going to go and do Sky and he seemed fine.
"Then when we got on the coach he came on and he's laughing. The lads were coming on the coach saying have you heard the gaffer? So we put the TV on and it came on and we couldn't believe it!
"It wasn't as bad as everyone tries to make out."