Classic Magpies video: Where were you when we won the cup?

Howay the lads!
To answer my own question, wasn’t even born, but I know some of you were so this is for those that were about that remember the day when we won the Fairs Cup, and for those who weren’t around to see just what it was like for us to win a trophy.

Given that it’s rather quiet at the moment I thought that now would be as good a time as any to dust off the archives and get all nostalgic. I’ve featured these videos before, not long after I started the site in fact, but now there are a lot more people on I thought that now would perhaps be a good time to go over them again. I’m talking videos of the last time we won a trophy here – the 1969 Fairs Cup!

The victory remains the last trophy to enter our cabinet. We’ve come close to adding to it on occasion since, but not very often if the truth be told. So as a rare treat for NUFC fans, take a look at our cup run from start to finish, including highlights from some of the games played.

Video clip 1.



We kicked off our European adventure with a 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in the first leg at St James’ Park. This was then followed up with a 2-0 defeat away in Rotterdam, but it was Newcastle who progressed on the aggregate score.

The next round saw United travel to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon. A 1-1 draw was the result with the two legged tie decided courtesy of a 1-0 win back on Tyneside. This then set up a home and away tie with Real Zaragoza which needed away goals to separate the two teams over the two legs. Luckily it was United who triumphed in the end.

Vitoria Setubal then came to Newcastle for the quarter-final, and got smashed 5-1 in the snow. This came in rather handy as we lost the second leg 3-1, but it wasn’t enough for the Spanish side to overcome the score of the first leg.

It was a two legged semi-final Battle of Britain type affair as Newcastle travelled to Rangers for the first leg. The lads in black and white managed a 0-0 draw at Ibrox and beat the Glasgow side 2-0 in the return leg to reach the final in their first ever European campaign.

Ujpesti Dozsa, one of the better teams in Europe at the time, were to be the opposition. Two goals from Bobby Moncur and a goal from Jim Scott secured a 3-0 win for the home side to take over to Hungary for the return leg.

Video clip 2.

Footage of the second leg where the Hungarian’s went into an early two goal lead only to be pegged back back by another Bobby Moncur goal, a Preben Arentoft goal and an Alan Foggon goal to win the two-legged final 6-2 on aggregate.

This prompted wild scenes on Tyneside to celebrate bringing home the trophy. We’ve had scenes of jubilation a few times as fans of Newcastle United, like when we avoided slipping into the third division in the last two games of the season back in 1991/1992 and when we achieved promotion to the Premier League in 1992/1993, but nothing that has matched what happened after the Fairs Cup win.

It’s important that these bits of our history are kept alive. Quite naturally the focus is on the present, but it is our history and tradition that sets us apart from the rest. The Fairs Cup win way back in 1969 is part of that history, and will continue to be for as long as people keep remembering it.

I hope you enjoyed this. I know I did.

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

68 thoughts on “Classic Magpies video: Where were you when we won the cup?

  1. I went to all the home Fairs Cup games (I was 13). Unbelievable atmosphere and can still remember it like yesterday. The 4-0 humping of Feyenord in the first game and the 5-1 demolition of Vitoria Setubal were highlights (their players came out wearing tights and gloves because it was snowing – first time I’d ever seen that and new we would stuff them as soon as I saw it πŸ˜€ )
    I remember the Rangers semi-final at SJP – Rangers fans climbed up the floodlight pylons in the Gallowgate end and later invaded the pitch.
    Never thought I’d still be waiting for another trophy 42 years later πŸ˜₯

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  2. Couldn’t see it, I was forced up chimneys to clean them in them days…..after a 16 hour shift doon the pit and was glad of it πŸ˜₯

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  3. Jay…I believe that’s you…can’t understand how that line didn’t work for you πŸ˜†

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  4. The Fairs cup games were the last time my Mam n Dad went to watch the Toon play…..feckin glory hunters πŸ‘Ώ

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  5. loved wyn the leap those days,they just couldnt handle him in europe,remember he took his mother everywhere with him,strange guy,had to ask her if it was ok to sign for toon and leave bolton,pleased she said aye

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  6. My brother went to the home game with Rangers that year, he had his first pair of Levi jeans on, cost a fortune and brand new, came home with them ripped down one leg after he had to vault the fence in between the Leazes and Popular stand to get away from a mass battle. My Dad went apeshit with him, games went downhill from then and i cannot remember many games in the late 60’s,and 70’s when there wasnt crowd trouble.

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  7. Ice…I was working in Carnaevon a few year back and was talking to an auld fella at the bar, He said “I know a lad who used to play for Newcastle, you won’t know him though as he’s before your time, lad called Wyn Davies”………had to laugh and telll him everyone in Newcastle knew who Wyn Davies was πŸ˜†

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  8. I went to every home game, and went to the ground for the homecoming. Anyone remember the last kick of the home game against Ujpest, a goal from a free kick for them. I thought oh no, but someone said it wont count, cos they didnt kick off again. Great times, first time I’ve seen videos of any of the games. Thanks Toonsy

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  9. My dad asked for wyns autograph and wyn said “if you don’t fcuk off, I’ll kick you over that fcuking wall!” my dad said “you couldn’t kick a fcuking football ower it!” πŸ˜†

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  10. RICHIE,in a bloody bakery!,well they didnt get great wages those days,not like noo,play a few years and made for life,just shows how things have changed in footy πŸ˜₯

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  11. Jay…..then ran like feck πŸ˜†

    Jay…does she know she has to move up to Newcastle yet?

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  12. Ice, great quote from him though…Wyn Davies “Tell the fans I’m making lots of dough now!”

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  13. RICHIE πŸ˜€ remember the first time my dad took me to sjp i was just a wee nipper,it was 1shilling 6pence,in the centre padock,1shilling 3pence for gallowgate and leazes ends,of coarse we went in the posh bit πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  14. For the older lads was the little cheer at the end of the blaydon races a common thing back then ??

    I noticed it when i was watching the first leg of the final and ive never noticed it before but i did start going nigh on 20 years later like…

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  15. I was there at St. James for the semi and the final. Great memories of the toon doing the business.

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  16. Jay…how come ya not with her now instead of gabbing on to us? πŸ˜†

    Ice…think it was either 50p or a Β£1 when I started going πŸ˜•

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  17. ya oot on the lash then?…..I’ll have to get ready mesel soon, iron a pair of shorts 😎 πŸ˜†

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  18. Toonsy…immense post mate. First time I’ve ever seen such a full TV version of the Fairs Cup win, absolutely brilliant.

    Too young to be at any of the games, but my dad was at all the games, and has all the programmes, I also fondly remember reading through them all in my sprogdom…

    If you are looking for a TRUE Geordie legend, then look no further than BOBBY MONCUR. He gets a raw deal imo, look what he has achieved for the toon, he stayed around for years, is a great embassador for the toon, and scored goals in the Fairs Cup final as a centre half ffs…

    If we need to find a “Geordie” legend then it’s gotta be Bobby Moncur imo..

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  19. I was there. I went to all the home games and I remember the excitement about our first time in Europe when my dad decided to take us to see Feyenoord (Rotterdam). We were 4-0 up from the home leg but it looked a bit dicey when they went 2 up in Holland – but we held on OK. There were lots of charter flights and the atmosphere on the return flight was brilliant! I remember one of the lads saying to the stewardess “I’m just shuttin’ me eyes pet – put us off at the Big Lamp!”
    As for the 2-leg final against “Upsey -Daisy” – amazing! Heroes all – especially Bobby Moncur, Benny Arentoft and Alan Foggon.

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  20. I was at both semi final matches at Ibrox and St James and of course the home leg of the final.Remember when they brought the cup back I was in the Leazes end with the Byker lads a full house and they paraded it around the pitch.Some buggar pinched my hat it was my old man’s gaffer’s work hat he wore down the shipyards that I’d borrowed.As I chased after the kid who pinched it I split my trousers and on losing him behind the main stand because of the size of the crowd I decided to scale a wall to get to the bus stop to go home to change my trousers for a night out on the beer later with the lads. As I slid down the wall at the other side I hit a ledge and fell backwards breaking both arms ending up in the RVI.Oh happy days!

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  21. Can anyone edit “Video Clip 2” ?….the music on the vid is banned in Germany due to copyright infringement…. πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯

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  22. MAGGIE PIE,cannot remember which game it was but i was right next to dugout,foggen made a arse of a pass,joe shouted what the feck was that,sorry boss i had sh!t in my eye,he says you are shi!t,laughed so hard i lost me peanuts πŸ˜€

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  23. icedog…do you remember the gadgy in the white coat who used to throw the packets of peanuts to the punters in the Gallowgate End ?…happy days… πŸ˜†

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  24. MM oh aye m8 i do remember him,he was a canny shot too πŸ˜‰ was it a tanner a bag cannot quite remember

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  25. ice…aye he was a canny shot…and a canny catcher to catch the tanner flying in the other direction πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  26. icedog – you’re a “West End” lad, aren’t you, so you’ll remember where the “Big Lamp” bus -stop was?

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  27. Was in the Gallowgate, Leazes Terrace corner, 9 year old. God, how do I wish I could remember the actual game!

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  28. Saw every home game and the Rangers away game. Best days of my football watching life.

    Sat around a radio listening to the 2nd leg of the final. Was crying at half time and dancing like an idiot by full time.

    I was a 14 yo bovver boy, then, a skinhead, short hair, big boots, beat the shit outta ye if you didn’t look right. Best thing I ever did was leave Newcastle. I’m sure if I’d stayed I’d have spent a long stretch in gaol. Pity I couldn’t take the football club with me.

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  29. This is brilliant. I was 20 & attended every home game in that run apart from the Rangers semi as I was working. We normally stood in the Leazes end but after queuing for hours they were sold out just before we got to the gate. As we were leaving someone said there were still tickets for the Popular side we dashed around and got our tickets. On final night we were standing next to a bunch of lads from the London branch of the NUFC supporters club. What a great night as we won 3-0. For the return I listened to the radio at 2-0 I couldn’t stand it any more so I took my girlfriend home I stopped for petrol and the attendant said that its was now 2-2. I stayed at the petrol station & listened to the rest of the game with him. Great night great times wish we could win something again.

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  30. Ice Dog I remember the peanut seller you’re right Tannaer a bag. The ground used to sing “Peanuts tanner a bag the more you eat the more you SHA LA LA LA McNamee” to the tune of the small faces hit Sha La la la lalalee. Great days indeed. BTW I’m a Walker lad myself Welbeck Road just up from Scogg Road.

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