This cracking video of Newcastle v Sunderland from 1956 must be some of the best quality footage I have seen from back in the fifties.

The crowd shots are immense, a world away from football today – both in good and bad ways.

No segregation and claims that there were ‘only’ 61,474 fans at St James Park on 3 March 1956 are surely substantially less than the reality.

Younger fans get a glimpse of just how big the old covered Leazes End was, though you only get to see the outer reaches of it, you still get an idea of the scale of it.

Seeing the crowd surges like these behind the goal in the Gallowgate End will bring back memories for many.

Interesting to see the kit both teams are wearing, not a stripe in sight!

This was the team that lined up for Newcastle v Sunderland on 3 March 1956 for an FA Cup quarter final:

Ronnie Simpson

Alf McMichael

Ron Batty

Bill Paterson

Bob Stokoe

Jimmy Scoular

Bobby Mitchell

Jackie Milburn

Vic Keeble

Bill Curry

Reg Davies

Watch the great footage below and ignore the result, after winning the FA Cup three times withing four years, Newcastle ended up losing 2-0 to the mackems.

Don’t worry though, Sunderland lost to Birmingham in the semi-finals with then Manchester City beating the Brummies at Wembley.

Thanks to Pathe News for this great footage:

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