By George Brooks
David Ginola has revealed that the greatest regret of his storied career was failing to win the Premier League title with Newcastle in 1995/96.
The Magpies were 12 points clear of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table, but would famously lose out on the title.
Kevin Kegan’s side would eventually finish up four points behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
In a recent interview with The National, the former Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton winger revealed that he felt his old side would go on to win the title that year.
“We thought that nothing could stop us. We were scoring goals for fun. We did concede some silly goals, but always managed to score one more goal than opponents,” he said.
“That was my biggest frustration, that we couldn’t give a trophy to those wonderful fans who’ve been supporting their team for years.
“I’ve met so many over the years and I never lost in my mind how important those fans were.”
He still remembers Eric Cantona scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Manchester United at St. James’ Park in March, a moment that United fans remember as the turning point in the title race.
Ginola was part of a hugely entertaining Newcastle side, who finished runners up in 1995/96 and 1996/97.
The Frenchman is fondly remembered on Tyneside and is one of the names on the shortlist for Newcastle’s Greatest Evert Team, the club’s way of marking their 125th anniversary.
Rafa Benitez’s current Newcastle side face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on November 18, after the conclusion of the international break.
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez has delivered this bold message to the club’s fans.