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95m To Score Against The Mackems? OK Then!
Newcastle United paid £9.5m for Albert Luque from Deportivo La Coruna, and he only scored one Premiership goal during his two-year stay on Tyneside.
He was a waste of space, if I'm honest with you, with the heart of a pea. Yet the money-grabbing Spaniard has still managed to find a way into Geordie folklore due to a goal in the Wear-Tyne derby of 2006.
As the terrace chant goes: “1-0 down, 4-1 up, Albert Luque wrapped it up”.
Albert Luque: “This goal was for them. I knew what the game meant to them and wanted to win it so much.
“To come off the bench for Alan Shearer and score in the game is something I will never forget. The fans behind the goal went crazy.”
Glenn Roeder: “Albert coming on to make it 4-1 would have been a dagger in the heart to most Sunderland fans because he had not scored for us.
“For us, though, it was the cherry on the top of the cake.
"Chops (Michael Chopra) had scored his first Premier League goal, Zoggy (Charles N’Zogbia) went on a mazy run, Alan (Shearer) got the pen and Albert wrapped it up.
“Apart from Alan getting injured, it was the perfect day.
“When you look back now it was not so sour for Al because he was retiring in a few games.
“He finished for the black and whites on the battlefield and helping his team to a big win. What a way to go out.”
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