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Nicol recalls a glorious treble

We continue our series where players from the club's past select the match they look back on most fondly. Today, Steve Nicol revels in the nostalgia of a hat-trick that downed the Magpies.

I was lucky enough to play in cup finals and matches that decided titles during my time at Anfield.

While they are all great memories that I treasure to this day, I think that the game I have to pick is the 4-1 win away to Newcastle back in September 1987.

It's not every day a player known for being a full-back scores a hat-trick, so that was a particularly proud occasion for me.

There are very few teams that go through a game without making any mistakes and players don't really get through 90 minutes without a couple of errors; but on that day everything went for me.

I scored three goals, in fact, I actually got four but one was ruled out for offside. It was Aldo's fault! He was flagged offside just as I curled it in over the goalkeeper. The rules were a bit different back then, but when I hit it he was standing in an offside position so it was disallowed.

The game was supposed to be on a Saturday when the fixtures originally came out and I was meant to be giving my twin sister away on the Sunday in the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

It was all set to work out perfectly, but about a month before it, it was changed to be a live game on the Sunday on the TV! It put a real spanner in the works I can tell you.

Little did I know I was going to end up having my best ever game for the club.

I opened the scoring after 20 minutes and Aldo made it two about 10 minutes before half-time.

It put us in a great position and we set about putting the result beyond doubt. My second arrived after the break and was a tap-in that I nearly missed.

We broke down the left and they tried to play offside. Beardo had the ball at his feet and I just followed it in to back him up. But he was typically unselfish and played it across for me to tap it home from less than a yard out.

When you watch it back now it looks like I just knocked it in but I can tell you now I miss-hit it!

Newcastle didn't learn from holding such a high line and once again we cut them to pieces on the counter. This time I made a run in behind and I think it was Peter who fed it through to me again. I took a good first touch, the goalie came out and the ball stopped dead which made it ideal for chipping.

I clipped it over him and ran off with my arm raised aloft in triumph.

At the end people were taking the mickey saying the ref had lost the ball. Kenny was saying the ref had decided to keep it and all the usual nonsense. I eventually got it and got all the lads to sign it too.

It was one of the highlights of a great season. It was always like that for us back then, as far as we were concerned that was the 'norm'.

Steve was speaking to Paul Hassall at LFC.tv

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