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Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary (1969-2019)

This post actually 'looks back 25 years' to the half-way stage between 1969 and 2019, to the 25th Anniversary . .




Members of our 1969 Fairs Cup Winning Team meet up in 1994, for the "25th Anniversary" of our 1969 Fairs Cup Win.

Back Row (L to R) Frank Clark, Bobby Moncur, Iam McFaul, John McNamee, Ollie Burton, Tommy Gibb.

Front Row (L to R) Bryan 'Pop' Robson, David Craig, Wyn Davies, Benny Arentoft, Jackie Sinclair, Alan Foggon, Jim Scott.

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Some of the recent newspaper coverage of the ongoing build-up to the 50th Anniversary . .



Newcastle United's Fairs Cup side will return to Budapest for the 50th anniversary of their triumph
The Chronicle, 20th November 2018

Newcastle United last lifted silverware back in 1969 when the Magpies won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and in June this year (2019) half-a-century will have passed since Newcastle United last lifted a major trophy. For Newcastle United's Left Back at the time, Frank Clark, the moment he stepped off the plane from Hungary to receive the adulation of the masses back in the North East remains as vivid now as it did then. Clark said "The memories of playing for this famous club never fade, but things have certainly changed since my time playing at St James' Park," he added, clearly dismayed at the thought that he was a member of the last Newcastle squad to lift a trophy. The 50th-anniversary celebrations are only just beginning for the Fairs Cup side. In June, Clark will join his team-mates in returning to the stadium in Budapest where Newcastle secured their last piece of silverware.

Bizarrely, Ujpest are just as keen to celebrate the anniversary as the former Newcastle players are - which Clark himself struggles to comprehend. Having played during the Magpies' embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Hereford United in February 1972, Clark would not want to relive such painful memories as those - but, for Ujpest, losing to Newcastle in that final was a huge moment in their history. "We are heading over to Hungary at the end of the year, which should be special," Clark continued. "It's something I only found out about recently when the other members of the Fairs team were telling me, but it seems Ujpest really want to celebrate it too.

Read More - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/spor...s-cup-15437032



Newcastle United's fearless class of 1969 were capable of beating anyone on their day. Celebrating 50 years since the Magpies' Fairs Cup victory
The Chronicle, 20th November 2018

It is, for Newcastle United’s passionate yet starved supporters of the faith, the greatest achievement this last half century. Because not only does it represent United’s last silverware gained on a major battlefield but the only European conquest in a history stretching back over 125 years. The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the forerunner of the UEFA Cup and Europa League, was dramatically claimed as the Swinging Sixties came to a kaleidoscope climax.
Long enough ago for a vast swathe of fans to have not even been born and for those who were to now be old-aged pensioners as indeed are the heroes who achieved so much on behalf of every committed Geordie.
Now, however, we are about to pay homage to those mighty men of the Tyne on the Fairs Cup 50th anniversary. Maybe the names are brought to life through grainy flickering TV shots or from the dusty pages of books but they stride United history as giants.

The class of 1969 are to be honoured and I will be privileged once again to be by their side leading the applause. They will eventually be officially feted by the club of course, probably in September, but beforehand it will happen in Budapest where the trophy was won on a warm June night by the Danube and where we will return for a four-day trip of dripping nostalgia. That will take place with Ujpest as our hosts when we will once again meet those players who provided the final obstacle as well as take in Hungary’s international match against Wales as guests of the Hungarian Football Federation. It was my privilege to witness all these men in their pomp and call them friends. They have a place in the annals of Newcastle United that has been achieved by no one else. That makes them extra special. As we prepare for double 50th anniversary celebrations here and in Budapest we have lost only one mainstream player, Jackie Sinclair, and reserve keeper John Hope from the 69 squad, along with, of course, manager Joe Harvey. The list of survivors, half a century later, is in itself worthy of the raising of a glass!

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/spor...-1969-16364462



50 years on and what have we got to celebrate? Let's make sure we enjoy this one
The Chronicle, 11th May 2019

Newcastle United's heroes of 1969 will be celebrated this summer. As the 2018/2019 season of relentless battle draws to an exhausting end, it's time for Newcastle United's faithful to turn their gaze towards honouring those who brought a ray of sunlight into so many lives 50 years ago this year. This summer isn't just any summer, it is the 50th anniversary of United's last major achievement, the winning of their only European trophy. That is indeed a big deal and rightly a reason for celebration. Therefore it's good that an opportunity is being afforded to pay tribute to their 1969 heroes at Newcastle's Grand Hotel Gosforth Park on Friday July 19th when the 'Fairs Club' are putting on a do which will be attended by a galaxy of history makers.

The Fairs Club are an organisation of hardy fans appreciative of what happened in their name during 1968/69 which is why a glass or two will be raised on the banks of the Tyne. Fairs Cup stalwarts like Frank Clark, David Craig, Jim Scott, Tommy Gibb, Geoff Allen, John McNamee, Keith Dyson, Dave Elliott, John Craggs, and Ron Guthrie have already agreed to travel both short and long distances to return to the city they represented so brilliantly. Others will be added to the roll of honour in due course. "The Fairs Cup Win is a stand out moment in all our lives - a year of unbelievable dreams - and I never get sick of coming home to remember it," said Frank Clark who of course went on to win the European Cup with Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest.

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/spor...up-50-16254516



- As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Chronicle have been recalling some of the individual Fairs Cup matches from that 1968/69 season . .


Newcastle United 4-0 Feyenoord: United take Europe by storm earning a stunning victory in their first competitive European game
The Chronicle, 11th September 2018

It was on this day in 1968 that Newcastle United began their first and to date, most successful European campaign. The Magpies’ achievement in winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup at that first attempt 50 years ago, was nothing short of remarkable. The boys of ‘69 will forever have their place in United history, but the trophy has become almost a 'millstone' around the necks of Unite, as subsequent barren seasons followed. Nevertheless, the 4-0 win against Feyenoord of Rotterdam at an electric St James’ Park 50 years ago saw the start of United’s love affair with European football. The Magpies have played competitive European football in 16 seasons, under the auspices of the European Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and even in the old European Cup Winners’ Cup after being runners-up in the 1998 FA Cup Final. As for the Feyenoord game, 46,438 fans flocked to Gallowgate to check out this newfangled European football.

Captain Bobby Moncur was injured for the Feyenoord game, but still has cause to remember it well. In 2012, he told the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder: “At that time I’d just had a cartilage removed and the club couldn’t afford to even have me in the party that travelled over to Holland for the second leg. Then, I got a phone call from the Supporters’ Club and they told me they would love me to join them on the fans trip. It was two-day trip and we stayed in a hotel in Zandvoort as fans from that time will remember. The whole trip, including flights and hotel, cost just Ł19.10! We had won the first leg 4-0 at St James’ and the fans were ready for their first adventure travelling into Europe.”

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...nited-10032774



Newcastle United dump Sporting Lisbon out of Europe, 50 years ago, in front of 53,000 Fans.
The Chronicle, 20th November 2018

Bill Gibbs (chairman of fans’ group the Fairs Club) remembers "we had done well, we’d enjoyed the competition so far, But most people thought we might well get knocked out by Sporting Libson.” Having disposed of Feyenoord of Rotterdam over two legs in the first round, highly-rated Sporting Lisbon were the next exotic arrivals at St James’ Park. The first leg, in Portugal, had gone well. The Chronicle’s legendary sports writer John Gibson recalls: “We had set up the second leg perfectly with a 1-1 draw in Lisbon where a freak storm threatened to see the game abandoned at any time."

He continued “Such was the heightened interest in the return leg at St James’ Park that fans had started queuing at three o’clock for the 7.30pm kick off.” As the four towering floodlight pylons at St James’ blazed in the Wednesday night sky, 53,650 fans descended on the ground. When the teams ran on to the pitch at 7.20pm, fans on the jam-packed terraces were greeted with the unusual sight of a Newcastle United side wearing an all-white kit - in the style of Real Madrid (who were in European action themselves that night at Rapid Vienna). It would be another glorious night of football. With the crowd in full voice, a blistering opening from United rocked the visitors back on their heels. It took only 10 minutes for the deadlock to be broken by Pop Robson. A lovely volley at the Gallowgate End, in what proved to be the winning goal”

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...isbon-15418937



56,000 watched Newcastle United's beat Real Zaragoza at St James' Park in the Fairs Cup
The Chronicle, 15th January 2019

It was January 1969 and Newcastle United were still very much involved in the continental odyssey that was the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The previous September had seen them dispatch the Dutch giants Feyenoord of Rotterdam over two legs. Then, as the autumn days chilled and the nights darkened, the Magpies had knocked out Sporting Lisbon, the crack Portuguese outfit. Now the opposition was Spanish team Real Zaragoza and most folk on Tyneside had little knowledge of the La Liga outfit who hailed from the heart of the northern Spanish community, Aragon.

The United team, who’d made the 1,200-mile air flight to sunny Spain, had lost 3-2 in the first leg on New Year’s Day 1969. On the day of the match, Magpies manager Joe Harvey described the Zaragoza test as “the club’s most important game for years”. When the teams ran out at St James’s Park that night, the terraces and stands heaved with more than 56,000 expectant fans. After just two minutes, the ground exploded with noise as Pop Robson in full flight fired home past the Zaragoza keeper Nieves from 30 yards. As John Gibson reported in the Chronicle: “Bingo! Pop goes the easel! On 28 minutes a second goal arrived. A towering Pop Robson corner was punched away by Nieves only for the ball to be met by Tommy Gibb who powerfully headed it into the net from the edge of the 18-yard-box.

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...iteds-15676708



Fairs Cup at 50: Newcastle United triumph over Vitoria Setubal of Portugal in St James' Park snowstorm
The Chronicle, 12th March 2019

When Newcastle United stepped out in Portugal for the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup quarter-final, there was an interesting spectator in the 34,000 crowd. It was March 26th 1969, and six-year-old José Mourinho was there to watch his home-town team. Decades later, as one of the world’s most successful football managers, he told the Chronicle: “I was a young boy in short trousers when Newcastle United played over here, but I was in the crowd cheering on Setubal, the team my father played in goal for. He was born in the Algarve but I’m from Setubal and still love the place". `Mourinho saw Setubal win 3-1, but it was too little too late. On a night of drama two weeks earlier, United had built up an unassailable lead in the first leg of the tie at a snowbound St James’ Park. This summer will mark 50 years since Bobby Moncur lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on a balmy night in Budapest, Hungary. The trophy - the forerunner of the UEFA Cup and the Europa League - remains the last major cup to be held aloft by a Newcastle United captain.

Today, Bill Gibbs is chairman of the 'Fairs Club', a fans group that meets regularly to honour former Newcastle United players. In 1969, he was a 19-year-old driller at Wallsend Slipway. He recalls: “I caught the bus along the Coast Road into the centre of Newcastle for the match and it was absolutely bleating down with snow. When I got to the ground, it was chockablock, but I managed to get in at the Gallowgate and made my way to the Popular Side.” In a season when the average League and Cup attendance at St James’ Park was just over 39,000, a huge crowd of 57,662 was wedged in for the latest instalment of United’s European adventure. Nineteen-year-old Alan Foggon notched United’s first goal with a fine header. Half a century on, Alan recalls: “It was a horrible night and they just weren’t used to the snow. I’m sure some of their players had socks on their hands.” Foggon’s 23rd-minute goal simply opened the floodgates, with Pop Robson (2), Wyn Davies and Tommy Gibb easing United to a 5-1 victory.

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...nited-15959922



Newcastle United v Glasgow Rangers: The battle of St James' Park in 1969
The Chronicle, 7th February 2015

The dateline was May 21st 1969, the location was St James’ Park. Newcastle. It was the Scots versus the English, old enemies head to head, no quarter given. United, against all the odds, had fought through to the semi-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The supporters had taken European football to their hearts, packing out Gallowgate as the black-and-whites had progressed through the competition, dumping out quality opposition from Holland, Portugal and Spain along the way. The semi-final drew the Magpies against Glasgow giants Rangers. More than 12,000 Geordies had been in a 70,000 crowd at Ibrox to see United grind out a 0-0 draw in the away leg.

A week later a 60,000 all-ticket crowd at St James’ saw United ease to a 2-0 lead. The second of those two goals in the 77th minute, saw all hell break loose, as hordes of drunken Scottish fans streamed out of the Gallowgate End and on to the pitch. Bottles and cans flew through the air as Rangers supporters battled with police. It took nearly 20 minutes for police to restore order, and 89 people were injured and 30 were arrested. The Police praised the United fans “who refused to be drawn into the fray” and United’s victory booked them a place in the final.

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...angers-8598301



50 years ago, Newcastle United storm to a 3-0 lead in the Fairs Cup final first leg
The Chronicle, 29th May 2017

On a Newcastle Thursday in early summer 1969, 59,234 fans, including many youngsters still in school uniform, found themselves rammed into St James’ Park. There were thousands more locked out and some looked on from near-by roof tops, with others perched up trees. In barely believable scenes, United went on the offensive from the off with Wyn Davies and Pop Robson going close.

Midway through the second half, captain Bobby Moncur brought the house down, scoring twice in five minutes. Jim Scott added a third, seven minutes from time, and United would head to Hungary for the second leg of the final on June 11th with a three-goal lead in their back pockets. History now tells us that they went on to win that 2nd leg 3-2, and win the Fairs Cup in their very first season of European Football.

Read More / See Photos - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...astle-13096915

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A special event on 19th July 2019, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NUFC winning the Inter-cities Fairs Cup




Premier Transport have teamed up with The Fairs Club to deliver another exciting event, an evening with the Newcastle United Team that won the Fairs Cup, to celebrate the 50 year anniversary, on Friday 19th July 2019.

The event will be held at the prestigious Grand Hotel in Gosforth, Newcastle, setting up a fantastic evening to reminisce about the good old days of NUFC and football chat in general.

This event is a must for all NUFC fans who want to get a chance to hear from the team and their very special achievement. They are all history makers, and this could very be one of the last times the team get together at such an event. We also have comedian Josh Daniels giving us some great comedy along with the voice of the Toon, John Gibson, having a Q & A session with the team of legends.

There is likely to be some surprise special guests also in the audience, so make sure you bring your autograph book! A charity auction will also be held, along with everything else to make the most of a fantastic night.

Tickets for the event are Ł40 per person which includes a pie ‘N’ pea meal and access to this one off amazing evening. You can book a table for 10 people at Ł400 but if you have numbers above or below please get in touch and we can see if we can accommodate you. You can buy single tickets Ł40 per person, click here to book online http://premiertransport.co/daytrips/...y-celebration/ or contact us on 0191 234 1666 for booking information.



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Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary "Framed Artwork and Poem" by Davey Brown Art . . .


Advertised in the Chronicle on 11th June 2019 . .



As it looks when framed . .



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50 years ago TODAY, on 11th June 1969, we won the Fairs Cup . . .

The Chronicle, 11th June 2019.

Today marks 50 years since Newcastle United lifted the European Fairs Cup trophy, following a two-legged final against Ujpest Dosza, which they won 6-2 on aggregate. This success, tragically, remains United's only major trophy win for the last 50 years. United had beaten Ujpest Doza 3-0 in the first leg, thanks to two goals from defender and captain Bob Moncur, but at half-time in the second leg, the Magpies were 2-0 down in Hungary and their chances of lifting the trophy hung in the balance. The story goes that manager Joe Harvey waited until late in the half time interval to rally his troops, telling them that one goal would see the opposition 'collapse like a pack of cards'. Harvey, whose birthday it was that very night, was right. Within a minute of the restart Moncur grabbed one back before Benny Arentoft and Alan Foggon clinched the game.

Newcastle United Full Back at the time, Frank Clark says "How can Bob Moncur score three goals in a cup final? He only scored four in his entire career! Unheard of, but all three of them were great goals. It was strange because in the first half they gave us a real good chasing. I remember Willie McFaul was magnificent, kept us in the game, we came in at half time 2-0 down and we were hanging on. We went out for the 2nd half and within a few minutes, Moncur had scored again which meant they had to at least score three just to get a draw. It was just like pricking a balloon with a pin, and in reality the second half was just a stroll."

The players flew back to Newcastle with the trophy in Moncur's grasp and, as the Chronicle's John Gibson who reported on the famous night said - "Moncur was sceptical that anyone would even be waiting for them outside of Newcastle Airport. How wrong he was as supporters lined the route all the way through Newcastle from the Airport to St James' Park, before the trophy was paraded inside the ground to a full house."

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Bobby Moncur, Newcastle United Captain in 1969, discusses how he personally recalls the winning of the Fairs Cup . . .



50 years ago, Newcastle United took on Hungarian side Újpest Dozsa in the second leg of the Fairs Cup final. In our final nostalgic offering, we catch up with captain Bob Moncur, who reflects on that unforgettable contest in Budapest.

Bob, the Magpies’ most capped Scottish international player with 16 caps, missed United’s first two games in the Fairs Cup due to injury but he was an ever-present from then on. He said, "I had an immensely enjoyable career but this achievement, winning the Fairs Cup and lifting the trophy as captain, was undoubtedly my finest moment in a black and white shirt." His story of the final really begins a few days before the second leg in Budapest. “We were all on a massive high after the 3-0 home leg win over Újpest but it was my job, along with Joe Harvey, to keep a lid on our emotions and make sure we prepared in the right professional manner. Yes, 3-0 was a great advantage to take to Hungary, but by no means was the job done. I’ve been asked countless times how someone who never scored a goal could get two in the first leg of the Final and with my weaker foot. Well, I say cup finals bring out the best in people and it certainly did in me. There was two weeks between the two games so we’d been given a couple of days off by Joe but most of the time was spent in light training, keeping us in shape for the second leg."

“We didn’t get up to much before the game, just training at the stadium as was the norm before European ties, and then Joe told us he was naming an unchanged team for the match and that was no surprise to anyone, why would you change a winning team of tried and trusted players who had just won the first leg 3-0. We knew full well that Újpest were better than the team we’d just thumped two weeks ago and were in fact amongst the top five teams in the whole of Europe. Of that there was no doubt at all."

"To the game, and they blitzed us in the first 45 minutes. Their movement and passing was of the highest quality and to be fair we hardly got a kick. Flair, imagination, pace and trickery, they threw the lot at us and the fact it took them half an hour to score their first goal owed more to luck on our part than anything else. They scored again just before the break and could have levelled the tie on aggregate had Willie McFaul not made a tremendous save. Now, of course, we come to Joe’s famous half time words in a story told a thousand times. In one of the most iconic lines ever given by a manager, and using his unique motivational skills Joe simply looked around the room, caught everyone’s attention, paused, before uttering the immortal words: ‘lads, all you need to do is score and they will collapse like a pack of cards, you mark my words.’ And that was it, and off he went leaving us to all digest what he had just said."

Read Much More about what happened next, in Bob Moncur's own words, here - https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/features...rs-cup-triumph

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Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) - Back to Ujpest in 2019 . . .

The 1969 Fairs Cup Winning Team returns to Budapest in June 2019, to celebrate and to visit with Ujpest Dozsa.


The "Toon Legends Club" - Link https://www.facebook.com/pg/nufc.tlc/posts/ - organised this months return trip by the 1969 players to Budapest, on the 50th Anniversary of Newcastle United winning the Fairs Cup.

The players were welcomed there by members of the Ujpest Dozsa team that they beat all those years ago.

The Toon Legends Club is run by 5 like minded individuals with the aim of remembering Toon Legends and bringing them together.

I have been sent an e-mail containing an account of the 1969 Fairs Cup winning players sentimental return visit to Budapest in June 2019, that the Toon Legends Club organised . . .


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OUR RETURN TO UJPEST IN 2019.

Our taxis approach, taking the same journey along the tree-lined Vaci Ut as the team coach had done exactly half a century ago. The first thing you see are the floodlights, vintage Eastern European and intimidating in their own way, dominating the skyline of the Ujpest district on the banks of the Danube. ‘It’s just as hot as it was in 1969’ says Frank Clark, the left-back. The temperature on the dashboard reads 35C. On that summer’s evening of June 11th 1969, Joe Harvey’s side arrived with a 3-0 lead from the first leg at St James’ Park. Scottish winger Jim Scott, now 78 years old, scored in that game. He is in the front seat as the Megyeri uti Stadion looms into view. ‘Bill Shankly and Don Revie said Ujpest were the best team in Europe,’ he tells us. ‘And they were probably right.’ Ujpest had beaten Revie’s great Leeds side 3-0 in the quarter-finals of a competition which included the continent’s best - Liverpool, Juventus and Rangers among them. ‘We knew they were good, but the press were still saying we had one hand on the trophy,’ says Scott.

The stadium has developed over the years since 1969, but our host believes the old dressing-rooms still exist, deep in the main stand. David Craig, the Northern Ireland right-back, wants to find them. ‘This is the corridor,’ he says, as we turn into a long, concrete passage. Fifty paces ahead, on the right, there is a door. ‘This is it,’ says Craig. The 75-year-old stands silent, later admitting the scene stirred memories which had long since faded.
Clark joins us. ‘We went out to warm up but we soon came back in, we were really sweating,’ says the man who later won a European Cup with Nottingham Forest. ‘Ujpest were out there buzzing the ball about. We didn’t need to see that.’ Reporter Doug Weatherall was in the stadium that night. He is with us again in 2019, and says ‘That first-half performance from Ujpest was among the best I’ve ever seen. My God, they were excellent.’ His eyes fill as he finds the spot at the base of the stand from where he watched Ujpest take a 2-0 lead inside 45 minutes. ‘It’s all coming back to me now,’ he says. Back in the dressing-room, Frank Clark is sitting with his head in his hands, bent at the waist. ’What are you doing?’ Craig asks. ’I’m remembering how I felt at half-time back in 69. There was a pool of sweat from my brow, just there,’ he says, pointing at the tiled floor. ‘I remember Moncur said to me, “If ever we need the gaffer to lift us, it’s now”. Moncur himself takes up the tale. ‘Joe eventually bursts in like John Wayne through those saloon doors with a cigarette in his mouth . . and all he says is this, “Lads, what’s the problem? All you need to do is score one goal and they will collapse like a pack of cards”. ‘I said, “Gaffer, score a goal? We haven’t been past the halfway line yet!”

Harvey was right though. Within 60 seconds of the restart, Moncur, a centre-back who had never scored a senior goal before the final, volleyed home, adding to his two from the first leg. ‘That goal killed them,’ says Clark. ‘It was like pricking a balloon. I also think they thought, “Moncur! Him, again? He’s a defender!” Here in 2019 we are now back in the middle of the main stand, estimating that this is where the players’ wives had sat amid the partisan locals. Clark had been best man for forward Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson the week before the game. Moncur and Craig were by each other’s side on their wedding days. ‘We were more than team-mates,’ says Craig. ‘I suppose that’s why we’re here now 50 years later.’ We gaze out towards the goal where Danish midfielder Preben Arentoft volleyed a second and Geordie teenager Alan Foggon smashed a third. Clark says: ’As the goals were going in, me and Moncur were at the back trying to work out what it meant with the away-goals rule. We agreed, “Who knows, let’s just make sure they don’t get any more goals!” That they did, Ujpest did not score, and so Newcastle United, in their first season in European competition, were Fairs Cup champions.

Moncur recalls: ’My wife Camille was celebrating and a Hungarian lent forward and clocked her on the head with an umbrella!’ So the wives quickly escaped from the home end. Clark adds: ‘We’re on a lap of honour with the trophy, knackered, and a couple of the girls came running past us, they were quicker than us!’ Doug Weatherall is now back on the pitch, he is stood in the spot where he waited for his post-match interview with Harvey. ‘I just remember Joe giving me the biggest bear hug I’ve ever had in my life,’ he says. ‘I can still feel that now.’ We can see a picture of that celebrated Ujpest team of 1969 on the wall, as we climb back towards the main entrance. ‘Notice what they haven’t got?’ asks Wales defender Ollie Burton. ‘The Fairs Cup trophy!’. As we leave the stadium, Clark wraps his arm around Weatherall’s shoulder. It is, the pair agree, the last time they will make this walk together. In the Caledonia Pub in downtown Budapest the big screen crackles into action and chairs scrape, as Newcastle United’s players and the fans who have travelled here with them, find places with a good view The recorded highlights of the final are to be shown.

‘Go on Bob lad,’ roars Foggon as the highlights show Moncur setting off from deep for his second goal at St James’. We then see Scott then dribble past a defender, swaps passes with Arentoft and chip in for 3-0. The silky wideman has been amongt the quieter members of the team, but not now. He is out of his seat, punching the air. ‘Twinkletoes,’ shouts Clark. A chant of ‘Jimmy, Jimmy Scott’ fills the pub and spills onto the busy Mozsar Ut outside. ‘Jimmy Scott?’ wonder the unsuspecting locals. The second leg kicks off. ‘Let’s not show the first half!’ says Craig. Jim Scott scores the third goal for Newcastle as they won 3-0 in the first leg of the tie and again all the Newcastle’s goals are celebrated "as if live". The third is scored by Foggon, the baby of the team at 19. There is still something of a boyish charm about Foggon today, as he we wears his polo shirt and cap with Newcastle United crests on, and he drinks merrily among the supporters who are his friends. ‘Go on Foggo, catch those pigeons,’ says Moncur as the black-and-white footage shows Alan out-sprinting two defenders and volleying in the rebound from his own shot.

While we are at the pub there is the launch of the brilliant book "The Amazing Journey" by Matthew Watson-Broughton, which has been released both in English and in Hungarian to mark the anniversary. The players then, including striker Keith Dyson, defender John Craggs and reserve goalkeeper David Clark, take the microphone to share tales as the games against Feyenoord, Sporting Lisbon, Real Zaragoza, Vitoria Setubal and Rangers are relived. A generous contribution by Newcastle United has helped cover the cost of food and drink for the four-night stay, and that comes in very handy when the stories continue until 4am on the terrace outside of our hotel at the foot of the Buda hills! Chris Emmerson, the man who has organised the trip through his "Toon Legends Club" raises a glass, and says: ‘They say you should never meet your heroes . . . I could not disagree more.’

Then, there is a visit to Ujpest Town Hall. The Newcastle United players arrive for a civic reception, each of them suited and proudly turned out despite the heat. So, too, are seven of the Ujpest team, including the great Hungary striker Antal Dunai. His name has been coming up in conversation all week. ‘What a player,’ says Clark, him and a few others could have played for Barcelona if it wasn’t for the Hungarian Government not allowing it back then.’ Dunai himself takes to the stage. He does not lack confidence and says ‘Individually, we had players who were world class, but Newcastle United played a game we could not deal with and they took their chances. If we played it again, we would win.’ Ollie Burton whispers: ‘Can someone remind him it was 6-2!!’.

Moncur shouts from the front row: ’Alright then, throw us a ball’. The pair exchange gifts on stage and Dunai squares up to Moncur as if ready to take on his old foe. A 'shadow play' ensues, but there’s no way past Moncur. They finally settle on a hug. See photo, below . . .



The effort put into this event by our Hungarian hosts clearly touches the Newcastle players. Then, a band appears and belts out ‘Summer of 69’ before a dance troupe perform to the tune of ‘Blaydon Races’.

As the sun sets, Moncur reflects, champagne in hand. ‘I’ve spoken for so many years about being the last Newcastle United captain to lift a trophy that I’m sick of it. But coming back here, with the boys, it makes it feel real. It makes you think, “Hold on, we bloody well did achieve something special” . . .

SO LET'S CELEBRATE IT !!
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There were some other excellent photos taken during the June 2019 return visit to Budapest . . .


Six of the winning team, and three others in Budapest in June 2019

L to R : John Craggs, Alan Foggon, Bob Moncur, Jim Scott, Frank Clark, David Craig, David Clark, Keith Dyson and Ollie Burton


Here in Budapest in 2019 is an amazing photo of our "fortress back four" from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Very few got past this fabulous defence of (L to R) David Craig, Ollie Burton, Bob Moncur, and Frank Clark.

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A great collection of documents. If you do not mind, i share the correctly written team and player names from Újpesti Dózsa, since it was mistaken in your newspapers sometimes.

Team name: Újpesti Dózsa
Players:
Goalkeeper: Antal, Szentmihályi
Backline: Benő, Káposzta; Ernő, Solymosi; István, Bánkúti
Midfield: Ernő, Noskó; Ede, Dunai III; János, Göröcs
Forwards: László, Fazekas; Ferenc, Bene; Antal, Dunai II; Sándor, Zámbó

The story behind the names Dunai II (actually: Dunai the Second) and Dunai III (Dunai the Third) was an obligation, that players with same name were obliged to use numbering behind their family names. Fun fact: since Dunai I and Dunai II were brothers, Dunai III was from an other family.

9 persons of Újpesti Dózsa were members of the olympic champion team in 1968, Bene played and scored against Brazil in 1966 in Liverpool (Hungary-Brazil 3-1).

I was a small kid, but remember how fair that game really was. There were almost no faults committed, but there were a lot of rush and actions. Although we lost, we were very proud of our players, since it is never a shame to loose against a better playing team.
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1969 Fairs Cup Memorabilia included within the 2019/2020 Season Ticket Box. . .

Inside the lid some pictures of 1968/69 Fairs Cup win - sepia colour matching how long ago it was









A faux leather wallet 100 x 75mm

2 badges, one 25mm diameter, the other 35mm in length





Double sided coin 35mm diameter with names of 12 Fairs Cup winners (6 per side)








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Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) - INDEX.


Well I think that is it, the full story of Newcastle United and the Fairs Cup, just about completed?

I have included in this thread every image, every newspaper article, and every memory that I have been able to find about our Fairs Cup Win of June 1969, and about our 50th Anniversary Celebrations of June 2019. I have tried to make this thread into the 'definitive record' of everything that happened.

Listed by subject, here are links to all the main 'factual posts' on this thread. These posts contain the bulk of the information and photos that we have, from both 1969 and 2019.



(A) Using Source Documents from 1969

01: Introduction to the thread - What happened in 1969
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...32&postcount=1
02: Team Photos - Official Photos taken with the Fairs Cup.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...50&postcount=2
03: Bringing the Cup HOME - Carrying the Fairs Cup home through Newcastle, from the Airport to St James' Park.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...86&postcount=3
04: Round by Round REPORTS (from 1969) from throughout the 1968/1969 Fairs Cup Tournament.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...20&postcount=4
05: Glasgow Rangers in the home leg of the Semi-Final - The RIOTS.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...40&postcount=5
06: Programmes from all of the 1968/1969 Fairs Cup Matches.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...68&postcount=6
07: History of the Fairs Cup Tournament (1955-1971).
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...20&postcount=7
08: Photos from some of the individual matches during the 1968/1969 Fairs Cup Run.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...78&postcount=8
09: Newspaper Cuttings from 1969, about our Fairs Cup success that year.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...42&postcount=9
10: Books and Booklets about our 1969 Fairs Cup Win.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...2&postcount=10
11: After the victory, the Fairs Cup Trophy itself went on tour around the region - PHOTOS.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...4&postcount=11
12: Fairs Cup Souvenirs & Memorabilia, from 1969.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...2&postcount=12


(B) Using Source Documents from 2019

13: Introduction to the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019)
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...2&postcount=13
14: Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Fairs Cup Print.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...6&postcount=14
15: Bend It Like Bobby! Newcastle United 50th Anniversary Play.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...0&postcount=15
16: The 50th Anniversary BOOK - "The Amazing Journey: How Newcastle United conquered Europe in 1969"
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...6&postcount=16
17: 50th Anniversary of Newcastle United winning the 1969 Fairs Cup - Drawings of Players Limited Edition Prints.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...3&postcount=17
18: 50th Anniversary Fairs Cup Souvenirs & Memorabilia.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...3&postcount=20
19: Looking back 25 years to the half-way stage between 1969 and 2019 - to the "25th" Anniversary.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...6&postcount=21
20: The build-up to the 50th Anniversary - Recent Newspaper coverage/articles.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...4&postcount=22
21: A special event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NUFC winning the Fairs Cup - Held at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...8&postcount=23
22: Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary Framed Artwork and Poem - By Davey Brown Art.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...8&postcount=24
23: 11th June 2019 - It was 50 years ago TODAY, on 11th June 1969, that we won the Fairs Cup.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...4&postcount=25
24: Fairs Cup 50th Anniversary Supplement - Free with the 11th June 2019 Chronicle.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...2&postcount=26
25: On 11th June 2019 - Some other Fairs Cup items in todays newspapers, here on this actual "50th Anniversary DAY".
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...2&postcount=27
26: Bobby Moncur, Newcastle United Captain in 1969, discusses his personal memories of the winning of the Fairs Cup.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...4&postcount=28
27: The 1969 Fairs Cup Winning Team returns to Budapest in June 2019, to celebrate and to visit with Ujpest Dozsa.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...8&postcount=29
28 : Response to this thread from an Ujpesti Dozsa supporter.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...0&postcount=31
29 : The 2019/2020 NUFC Season Ticket (boxed) includes a lot of 1969 Fairs Cup Memorabilia.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...8&postcount=32



Finally . . .

If anyone has anything about our Fairs Cup Win that I have not included in here, please feel free to add it to this thread.



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Fairs Cup Book Signing

There's a gathering of 1969 Fairs Cup winners at the Newcastle (Blackett Street) branch of Waterstones, by Greys Monument, this Friday 8th November 2019, when author Matthew Watson-Broughton will be signing copies of his "The Amazing Journey" book, from 5.30pm onwards.

Joining him with pens poised will be Bob Moncur, Alan Foggon and Keith Dyson, alongside veteran journalist John Gibson.

Matthew's comprehensive account of the events that culminated in United's famous victory over Ujpest Dozsa half a century ago costs Ł19.99 in hardback.



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NUFC Fairs Cup team on St James Park pitch, half time 08/12/19

Pictures by myself of the 1968/69 NUFC Fairs Cup team on St James Park pitch, half time of NUFC v Southampton game on Sunday 08/12/19 (A Toon 2 1 win, goals on https://www.nufc.co.uk/nufc-tv/highl...hlights-19-20/)





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