The 1968/1969 Fairs Cup run video.

Howay the lads!
The 1969 Fair Cup win 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. Which is why I’ve tracked down some footage that details 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 which was then compounded by 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 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.

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35 thoughts on “The 1968/1969 Fairs Cup run video.

  1. Brilliant that – I was at all the home games and remember it like yesterday hopefully it won’t be long before we win something again.


  2. Not the best of cup draws with manure and arse against each other. Limits the options for euro qualification.


  3. TOONSY that was very good m8,i was a kid then 😉
    was honoured to be at both games (me da took me)
    even saw me-sel in that home comeing,great
    made me remember that one eyed joe the crook gates at 40/50thou the rat bag 30thou in his back pocket if truth be know,but bobby let it slip at the end 70/80 fans,bet one eye nearly went blind when he said it 😀 😀


  4. You know I’m actually shocked that people seem to have no interest in our history. Perhaps its indicative of many of our fans who don’t give a **** about the past? Explains a few things mind….


  5. Toonsy im not surprised mate its not untill you get a bit older that you look back on what has gone before.
    I think most younger ones look forward 😉


  6. After watching them clips and ones that we were watching lastnite from the entertainers, I cant help wondering if we will see anymore golden moments ❓


  7. Dave – Aye I know, but I don’t think people realise how hard finding these clips was. I’ve been trying for over a year and thought that people may have liked to have seen us winning something….

    Apparently this rare footage doesn’t strike with people though…..


  8. Ice can you remember during the entertainers the old boy that Sky used to always show, if im right KK got him tickets for the games ? was his first name Jack ❓

    I know your away at the mo but always meant to ask ye but kept forgetting 😆


  9. 😆

    Haven’t been on much, got rid of the kids and away with the missus for a couple if days so catch up with you all on Tuesday!

    On the champagne at the minute at some posh hotel, got in trouble from the wife for turning up in toon training top and trackies. :mrgreen:


  10. Ice thats him looks like an older version of Toonsy with the flat cap though he had more hair than Toonsy.

    Richie im real plaesed everything went well for you’s. Hope you’s have all the good things in life mate, health wealth and a lot of happiness 😉


  11. whey the spainsh gardener is back,and still a git,she will knock that oot of yer,
    .i never got oot the bed for 3days on me honeymoon,she gave up in the end and joined me 😀


  12. Aye, joking aside, congratulations Rich 🙂

    I’ll steal her next weekend. I’m bringing my wench up so we can have one of them parties 😆


  13. Great vids, I bought the final off the web but i hadnt seen some of the earlier rounds.

    Ive been lucky in my lifetime with memories like David Kelly vs portsmouth, 7-1 vs leicester, That piss funny 4-1 at the SOS, Barcelona/Feyernord champions league matches and one of me faves Speeds header vs PSV, and obviously the Plymouth/Sheff u matches from last season and the 5-1 but it am dying to see us we win something proper… 🙁 🙁


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