2 mins Chris Waddle
was allowed to reach the byline down the left side and send over a looping
cross to the far post, picking out Neil Macdonald to head home in
front of the School End which housed the away support. 1-0
18 mins Peter
Haddock's pass set Chris Waddle away on the right hand side of the area and
he evade the advancing Peter Hucker
before firing home as the angle narrowed. 2-0
22 mins Glenn
Roeder's free kick into the R's box was partially clearer to Kenny
Wharton, who sent a first-time effort goalwards. That struck the goal
frame via a home player and fell into the path of Chris Waddle, who
had a simple finish from six yards out. 3-0
41 mins Question marks about the Rangers defence but no doubting the
quality of the finish from Chris Waddle, who took a ball from Peter
Beardsley following a throw-in on the right and unleashed a powerful curler
that whistled past Hucker and into the top left-hand corner of the net. 4-0
Half time: QPR 0 Newcastle 4
48 mins Route one from Rangers, as Hucker's long clearance is touched
on and sets Gary Bannister off en route to goal. Kevin Carr was quickly
off his line and blocked the first effort, only for Bannister to continue
his forward run and nod the
56 mins Thoughts of a comeback grew stronger after some boneheaded
defending handed the hosts a farcical second; Haddock's hoofed clearance
catching Kenny Wharton on the chin before flying across the Newcastle box
and into the net. A more outlandish OG you will never see. 4-2
75 mins Carr came off his line
to try and intercept a forward ball from Gary Micklewhite but John Gregory
kept his composure and expertly lobbed the 'keeper from just outside the
84 mins Waddle took
Peter Beardsley's elongated pass and crossed from the United right for Kenny
Wharton to finish from inside the six yard box. 5-3
85 mins Steve Wicks got up at the far post to head home a deep cross
from the right by Wayne Fereday following a free kick. 5-4
90 mins An attempted clearance by United was headed straight back
over halfway and substitute Ian Stewart threaded a pass infield for Gary Micklewhite
to run into the box and hold off the covering defender Wes Saunders before
planting a rising shot into the net from 12 yards. 5-5
Full time: QPR
5 Newcastle 5
"Theyíre driving me mad. I have never seen anything as
disgusting as that in the 32 years I have been in the game. I went mad at
the players because there were times when they were going to give me a
heart attack. They just stopped playing.
"Itís every managerís
nightmare. You think they might get back in the game, but donít really
believe it when youíre 4-0 up. We just stopped playing. We did exactly
the same at Arsenal, at Old Trafford and got hammered five, and again last
week against Everton.
"There are so many things wrong at Newcastle it is incredible. People are asking
me where I intend to start with the problems, but I just don't know. It
will take years to put right. Some of the players couldn't even breathe in
the second half.
"I don't know where they got their education from before,
but, believe me they'll get it from me in the months to come."
"The thrill of what should have been the most memorable day of my
career was ruined. I canít believe whatís happened."
"I do not usually comment on individual performances as I believe
this would be unfair. But yes, I came to watch Waddle - and he was worth
watching. It's one of the most memorable games I've ever seen, fancy
getting in free to see that."
"Iíll watch the second half with anybody, but the first half Iíll
view privately because I might kick the dog and the television.
of games are great for the fans but they give managers heart
attacks. We needed a miracle in the second half and we got it.
"I just told my players to go out in the second half and get their
pride back. How can you ask any team to score four goals to save a match.
What happened was Roy of the Rovers stuff. There was no way we were ever
going to get anything out of that.
"The players were completely devastated at half time - their heads
were down. The only thing I was concerned about was getting some pride
Chris Waddle became the first visiting
player to complete a hat-trick on the Loftus Road "Omniturf" and joined Hughie
Gallacher in being the only Magpies ever to grab a first half treble.
Newcastle only once held a 4-0 interval lead in a league game before today,
going on to complete a 6-1 victory over the mackems at Roker Park in 1955.
Chris Waddle hit the only senior hat trick of his Newcastle career.
Steve Carney and John Ryan missed out through injury.
Magpies duo David McCreery and Glenn Roeder had both
previously played for QPR, while Wayne Fereday and Ian Stewart would
later move to SJP from Loftus Road. Unfortunately.
Following a 3-2 success at Leicester on the opening weekend of their
top-flight return, a blistering exhibition of attacking from Newcastle
looked set to hand them their second away victory of the season at a Sunny
Shepherds Bush on Saturday.
In front of England boss Bobby Robson, 23 year-old winger Chris Waddle hit a
24 minute hat-trick and provided centres for a further two Magpie goals.
However some pantomime antics at the other end from Kevin Carr and his
defenders left Waddle with the match ball but no win bonus.
Crossing for Neil Macdonald to head home an early opener from United's first
attack, Waddle then rampaged through the home defence to claim a second,
knocked home a fortunate third following a rebound and then finished
superbly from outside the area to round off his treble.
The R's had chances of their own; coming close to making it 1-1 when a
penalty claim was rejected and Glenn Roeder headed a goalbound effort off
his own goal line. Alan Mullery's side also saw a goal chalked off when
three down, the referee bringing play back for an earlier free kick to the
Clearly wound up for the second half, Rangers got one back within three
minutes but chances came and went at both ends before the 56th minute own
goal by Newcastle that gave notice we were firmly in the twilight zone.
The hosts still weren't in control though and Hucker had to be alert to
prevent his side registering an OG of their own. On 65 minutes Simon
Stainrod thought he'd made it 4-3 but his celebrations were cut short by a
linesman's offside flag - Glenn Roeder massively relieved after being caught
With 15 minutes left though the alarm bells began to ring when QPR did get
back to within one goal of us, only for Kenny Wharton to seemingly calm our
fears with a simple finish that brought a chorus of "you're not singing
anymore" from the Newcastle contingent.
At that point the black and whites seem to believe it's job done and switch
off, allowing QPR to score their fourth almost immediately and then complete
their recovery to make it 5-5 - United seemingly relieved by a mini pitch
invasion that delayed them restarting the game and robbed their opponents of
the momentum that perhaps could even have brought them a winner.
Despite manager Jack Charlton's outrage though, the game would be the first
of ten league and cup outings without defeat for his side - although they
kept just two clean sheets in that sequence and surrendering winning
advantages on no less than four occasions.
For reasons we've never been able to fathom, just before United score
the opening goal, the electronic scoreboard at the away end reads QPR 2
PPS: Fast forward 33 years and Newcastle were back at Loftus Road - this time for a
second tier league game. An incredible night saw the visitors score four times
in one half here again, this time rattling in four after the break to round off
a 6-0 away victory.