Saturday 19 April 2003, 3:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Legwinski 68'; Clark 85'
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Shearer 39'

68' Goal

Sylvain Legwinski

85' Goal

Lee Clark

87' Yellow Card

Steve Finnan Card was given for a foul

16' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Elvis Hammond
Off:Louis Saha

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Steed Malbranque

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Luis Boa Morte

39' Goal

Alan Shearer

32' Yellow Card

Andy Griffin Card was given for a foul

62' 2nd Yellow Card

Andy Griffin Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Caldwell
Off:Nolberto Solano

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shola Ameobi
Off:Hugo Viana

Lee Clark was the hero as he scored against his former club to virtually guarantee Fulham's Barclaycard Premiership status next season.

Clark had never started against Newcastle since leaving St James' Park, but was recalled to the team by Chris Coleman.  

He repaid the new caretaker manager's faith by popping up on the edge of the box to hit a crisp winner with just four minutes remaining, and dent 10-man Newcastle's Champions League hopes as they suffered a third successive defeat.  

Alan Shearer had headed Newcastle in front after 39 minutes with his first ever goal against Fulham but Sylvain Legwinski scored a stunning equaliser after 69 minutes - six minutes after Andy Griffin was sent off for a second booking.  

After the departure of manager Jean Tigana on Thursday Fulham began a fresh start under Coleman and the players went into a huddle before kick-off in a bid to gee themselves up.  

It had the desired effect as they made a very determined start, although they suffered a setback after 17 minutes as Louis Saha went off with an injury and was replaced by Elvis Hammond.  

As Newcastle got into their stride they should have taken the lead after 18 minutes when Craig Bellamy was released in the box by Nol Solano.  

The Welshman, starting his 50th league game for the club, had only Maik Taylor to beat, but the goalkeeper stood up to him well and blocked his shot.  

A minute later Bellamy felt he should have had a penalty as he skipped past Martin Djetou and crashed to the floor, but both referee Dermot Gallagher and his assistant waved play on.  

Fulham deserved a goal after 26 minutes.   

Jon Harley - another player recalled by Coleman - made a brilliant run down the left flank and delivered a good cross for Hammond.   

The young striker placed his downward header well, but Shay Given made a great stop as he scooped the ball away from inside his far post.  

Griffin picked up the game's first yellow card for a late challenge on Luis Boa Morte after 33 minutes.  A minute later Taylor came to the rescue again for Fulham, saving a low drive from Shearer on the edge of the box.  

But there was no stopping Shearer when Hugo Viana sent in a corner from the left and he powered home a header - which means Birmingham are the only Premiership club he has failed to score against.  

It has been quite a week for Shearer, who began it by being named the Premier League's domestic player of the decade.  

Newcastle were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute as Griffin made a rash sliding tackle on Boa Morte and received a second booking and a red card.  

They responded by breaking quickly again and Kieron Dyer raced into the box only to see his effort brilliantly pushed away by Taylor to keep Fulham in the game.  

It was still going to take something special for Fulham to find a way past Newcastle's defence, and Legwinski obliged with a stunning equaliser.   

He was on the right flank, 30 yards from goal, when he unleashed a drive which beat Given's dive and went in off the far post.  

It was Fulham's first goal for more than six hours and it lifted the Loftus Road crowd.   

But the best was yet to come in a script which could have come straight out of Hollywood as Clark popped up to steal the points - and surely his team's Premiership survival.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 19 April 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 17,900

Referee: Dermot Gallagher


Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Melville, Djetou, Harley; Malbranque (Hayles 78'), Legwinski, Clark, Davis, Boa Morte (Collins 89'); Saha (Hammond 16')

Unused substitutes: Herrera, Knight

Newcastle United

Line-up: Given; Griffin, Woodgate, Hughes, Bernard; Solano (Caldwell 64'), Dyer, O'Brien, Hugo Viana (Shola Ameobi 83'); Bellamy, Shearer

Unused substitutes: Harper, Acuna, Lua Lua

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 35 74
2 Arsenal 34 71
3 Newcastle United 34 61
4 Chelsea 34 60
5 Liverpool 34 58
6 Everton 34 56
7 Blackburn Rovers 34 52
8 Southampton 33 48
9 Tottenham Hotspur 34 47
10 Middlesbrough 34 46
11 Charlton Athletic 34 46
12 Manchester City 34 45
13 Aston Villa 34 41
14 Fulham 34 41
15 Birmingham City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 38
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 38
18 West Ham United 34 32
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 24
20 Sunderland 34 19
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 26Jon Harley
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Lee Clark
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Louis Saha
  • Martin Herrera
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 10John Collins
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 34Elvis Hammond
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 1Shay Given
  • 2Andy Griffin
  • 39Jonathan Woodgate
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 34Olivier Bernard
  • 4Nolberto Solano
  • 8Kieron Dyer
  • Andy O'Brien
  • 45Hugo Viana
  • 39Craig Bellamy
  • 9Alan Shearer
  • 37Steve Harper
  • 4Steven Caldwell
  • Clarence Acuna
  • 23Shola Ameobi
  • 38Tresor Lomana Lua Lua