Great Reputations: Newcastle United 1968-69 – the last chorus of Blaydon Races

Game of the People

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans like to think of their club as one of the truly big footballing institutions in the country, and in terms of the Magpies’ support, heritage and potential, they are not too far wrong. But the problem is that Newcastle’s glory days are now more than half a century away and the era in which they were indeed the top club in Britain go back to the gas-lamp.

Consider the facts: 1955 was the club’s last FA Cup win, it was 86 years ago that they won the Football League and over 40 years ago that the last piece of meaningful silverware was picked up. During that time, clubs of a lesser standing have won stacks of trophies. In short, most of today’s regulars at St. James’ Park have never seen the club win anything.

Mystery Magpies

The last triumph was in 1968-69, the curiously-named Inter Cities Fairs…

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