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facing relegation, United earned 10 points from 4 consecutive home games including a recalled Jackson goal as a sub in the 4th match, v Norwich (4-1). Replacing the injured Dave McCreery in centre midfield, a position he later played throughout his career and for Scotland in World Cup 1998, Jackson started the last 8 games enhancing results over Man United (2-1) and Chelsea (1-0) and subsequent survival. Jackson confirmed Gazza, Beardsley and Paul Goddard (7 goals in successive games ensuring 6 wins) were “definitely the best footballers during my time at NUFC” and they, along with “a fantastic team spirit” were the major factors in staying up. At the start of the 1987-88 season, Newcastle bought the Brazilian Mirandinha for a club record fee of £575,000 but started poorly again with only 3 wins in the first 15 games, 2 of those influenced by Jackson goals away to Sheffield Wednesday (1-0) and Coventry (3-1). Injured for a month Jackson didn’t start again until Boxing Day. He recalls “Beating Manchester United 1-0 when Glenn Roader scored is my favourite memory when at Newcastle” backed up by The Pink match report who, despite playing in midfield