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Newcastle United the 1968-69 Fairs Cup Story by Jim Jeffrey

Newcastle United the 1968-69 Fairs Cup Story

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Newcastle United the 1968-69 Fairs Cup Story by Jim Jeffrey

NEWCASTLE UNITED - The 1968-69 Fairs Cup Story looks back on Newcastle United's remarkable entry into European competition. 1969...the swinging sixties were about to end. The exploration of space was gathering pace, British music dominated the world stage and Newcastle United were stunning Europe. At each hurdle the glorious Magpies rose to the challenge, roared on by an enthralled support, until finally in mid-June they won the Fairs Cup trophy in the heat of Budapest. All of the matches that Newcastle played are profiled here, from the first clash with Feyenoord to the frantic climax against Ujpest Dozsa. The Battle of Britain with Rangers that brought havoc to the city of Newcastle is revisited and the stories behind a shameful night explored. The tussles with Real Zaragoza and Sporting Lisbon are given comprehensive coverage and the thrashing of Vitoria Setubal is in here too. The book features in some depth each and every United player that took part in the glorious run, and there is a generous section of key statistics along with a profile of victorious manager Joe Harvey. Interviews with Bobby Moncur and Jim Scott - heroes of the Cup run - provide telling first-hand accounts of the triumph. Illustrated with memorabilia from the Cup run and the late 1960s in general, the book also unearths some wonderful snippets. Did you know, for example, that one of the linesmen in the Rangers v Newcastle United semi-final had named his house 'Ibrox', that Vitoria Setubal players wore spare socks on their hands to keep warm or that the Feyenoord side thrashed by United would win the European Cup and contest the World Club Championship just months later? Whether you support Newcastle United, have a general interest in the British love affair with European football or are fascinated by English football in the 1960s, this is a book that captures a bygone era and stirs a host of memories.

About the Author

A prolific football writer, Jim Jeffrey has loved football ever since his family moved to the football crazy north-east of England when he was just five years old. He has edited several clubs' match programmes (Hibernian, Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk) and contributed articles to many football and cycling magazines; this is his seventh football book. His look back at Newcastle United's capture of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (in what was their first European venture) is a study in the heady excitement of the late 1960s and dovetails affection for the north-east of England with a wonderful football story.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2012


Jim Jeffrey

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DB Publishing


192 pages


Football (Soccer, Association football)
Sports teams & clubs



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