David Kelly scored against Portsmouth, 25 April 1992.
A moment that will be etched on my brain forever.
The Keegan revival had stalled as the sheer scale of the challenge became apparent, this was a game that Newcastle simply had to win if there was to be a realistic chance of avoiding the third tier.
He left it late but when Kelly scored at the Gallowgate end in the 86th minute, the place erupted.
The final home match of the season, Newcastle then beat promotion chasing Leicester 2-1 away from home to guarantee survival. However, without David Kelly and especially that goal against Portsmouth, very likely that as Newcastle fans we would have joined Sunderland supporters in terms of finding out what life was like in the third tier. Whilst the Kevin Keegan era may indeed have ended in May 1992 and what followed for us as NUFC supporters, ended up very different…
Mention the name David Kelly to anybody who was around in the early 90s and their eyes will light up.
A talented player and one of those the supporters really identified with.
Phenomenal workrate, scored goals, and was clearly somebody who loved playing for Newcastle United.
He was there at the very start of the Kevin Keegan revolution, signed by Ossie Ardiles and scoring 11 goals in 25 second tier games to help save Newcastle from relegation.
Top scorer in the 1992/93 promotion season but David Kelly was sold on at the end of the season, Kevin Keegan showing his ruthless/brave side, as he sold the three strikers who had been top scorers the past three seasons – Kelly, Peacock and Quinn.
KK then put