Little did anyone know that within two weeks of this game Kevin Keegan would be gone. This was the day when seven games without a Premiership win turned into seven goals with a championship style.
Newcastle United had been struggling to capture the attacking flair that had made them genuine title challengers. Spurs came to Tyneside during the Christmas period with an impressive Premiership record at St James' Park. United fans were desperate for the performance that would once again ignite their team's campaign for honours. And the players duly turned on a dazzling display.
The most deflating spell in Kevin Keegan's spectacular managerial campaign was over.
Now King Kev has gone, but his legacy will always remain when we look back at games such as this.
Commentator Roger Tames.