Sometimes it’s good to look back on some games when Newcastle United enjoyed famous victories, sometimes in the face of very adverse odds indeed. So we’ve gone back through the archives to pick out three particularly notable examples from Premiership, FA Cup and European encounters. They may not be everyone’s most treasured memories of amazing performances but we’d like to think that they’d at least make their way into most people’s top 10s.
Newcastle United 6 – Manchester United 0
36,579 people witnessed this famous victory when Newcastle United managed to avenge both being beaten into second place by the Red Devils in the previous season’s Premiership and the subsequent 4-0 defeat in the Charity Shield. In the same situation today, anyone looking to put money on this encounter on football betting sites like Space Casino might shy away from backing the Magpies.
But Keegan’s men were ready for the challenge and came out all guns blazing. Only 12 minutes in, the first goal was scored by Darren Peacock with the silkily skilled David Ginola doubling the lead after half an hour. The second half saw the next flurry of goals – from Ferdinand, Shearer and, to round things off, a cheeky chip over Peter Schmeichel’s head by Phillippe Albert.
Newcastle United 3 – Manchester City 1
We have to go back to 1955 when Newcastle United last won the FA Cup, the sixth time that they achieved the feat. Having won in ’51 and ’52 the unsuccessful two years following this made the club especially keen to get back on the winning trail. It took no less than four replays to get them to Wembley to face City where 100,000 spectators keenly anticipated the clash.
The legendary Jackie Milburn opened Newcastle’s account after 12 minutes, setting the record for the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup final. In the days before substitutes, City were unlucky to lose Jimmy Meadows to a knee injury but United seized the initiative against their 10 strong opponents. Goals from Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah completed the defeat – and a famous victory was sealed.
Ujpest Dozsa 2 – Newcastle United 6 (Aggregate)
The only European trophy that United have ever won came in the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup which the team entered very much as outsiders. On the way to the two-leg final they saw off some major teams including Sporting Lisbon and Feyenoord to meet the Hungarian team Ujpest Dozsa.
The first leg was at home and, supported by a passionate crowd, United enjoyed a 3-0 victory with goals from Bob Moncur and Jimmy Scott.
Going into the second leg with confidence, United faced fierce resistance from the Hungarian side and were 2-0 down at half time with their overall lead under threat. But it emerged that the home side were brittle and couldn’t sustain the pressure so by the time the final whistle was sounded three goals had been scored by Moncur, Benny Arentoft and Alan Foggon to complete the 6-2 aggregate win.
Of course, there are many more famous victories in the history of United, but none quite live up to these three – and there are surely many more to come in seasons yet to come.