Ruud Gullit had equalised for the visitors in the 88th minute, taking the game into extra time and a penalty shoot-out that the Londoners eventually won.
Newcastle were comforted that in the Premiership, however, they seemed to have an unassailable nine-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table. (This was all before the signing of Tino Asprilla, whom no one imagined at the time would ever sport a Newcastle shirt.)
Today's title chasers can take comfort that Manchester United's lead needn't prove insurmountable. Except, of course, in 1996, it was United themselves who surmounted Newcastle's.