Let’s have a look at what you could have had…
Just how are you supposed to win any money on the fixed odds with results like last weekend? Little clubs like Bournemouth, Stoke and Newcastle all turning over the big boys. Amazing stuff.
But was it such a surprise really. We have a pretty good recent record at home to Liverpool . Well that is if you conveniently ignore the odd 1-5 and 0-6 gubbings
Now this may come as a surprise to the youngsters out there but Liverpool used to be the best team in Europe . And not just for a single season. Oh no, they seemed to be top dogs for bloody decades
At the time of our Cup Final humiliation to the scousers in 1974, there really wasn’t that much to choose between us and them in terms of English football hierarchy. Liverpool had won 10 major honours and Newcastle had won 10 major honours, both had won a European trophy during the previous 5 years.
We all know what happened next.
While we have spent the last 40 years winning absolutely nowt (the Anglo Italian and Texaco cup really don’t count ), Liverpool went on to win everything it was possible to win, including the Eurovision song contest, the Krypton Factor and Opportunity Knocks.
The truth was that in 1974 both teams were at a pivotal time in their history but while Liverpool kicked on to become a truly great side, we did what we do very well ,which is to screw it up when things are going well.
Within 4 years of that match, Liverpool were winning the European Cup for the second year running, meanwhile we were getting relegated to division two.
Our 74 team was a pretty decent outfit but the problem was that we started to sell our stars shortly after the trip to Wembley. Kennedy and McDermott to Liverpool, Macdonald to Arsenal and Frank Clark to Forest. Before you scoff at that name, that’s the Frank Clark who also went on to win a European Cup winners medal and first division league title.
So you get what you deserve I guess.
The following 16 years saw Liverpool become untouchable, which usually meant that when we played them, we got turned over. Our trip there in the FA Cup in 1984 was one of those games.
It was a close game for about 10 minutes but once they were ahead, the night became memorable for one thing only. The utterly amazing support from the away end. Or should that be the away ends, because on this night Newcastle had nearly half the ground.
I know this to be true and not a sentimental memory clouded by time because I still have the VHS Video of the BBC live coverage , which I tend to get out once or twice a year when I have had one bottle of Becks too many. I have a few other grainy 80s videos that come out late at night but that’s another story.
To be honest, it’s pretty difficult to remember beating this lot at any time during the 80’s, and yet during the relegation season of 1988/89 when we were incapable of beating the likes of Millwall, Charlton or Luton, we somehow managed to take Liverpool for 4 points.
Liverpool may no longer dominate British or European football and it’s 25 years since they won the league, but I will hold back the tears for them. While they have been in the doldrums, they have still won a Champions League, UEFA cup, FA Cup and League Cup.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have won the intertoto cup .
The fact that we are where we are, is the fault of the owner. It’s a simple as that. My company has been going through bad times recently and it’s resulted in the MD being removed from his post . That’s how business works Michael, surely you should know that.
However, whilst he is undoubtedly to blame for the last 8 years , what about the 50 years before that. Was it all the fault of Westwood, Seymour , McKeag, Hall and Shepherd. Why can no one get it right. It would seem the problem is rooted deep deep into the very soul of our football club.
I wish I had Marty McFly’s Delorean and could go back in time in order to speak to those long haired baggy trousered fans at Wembley 1974. It would be interesting to hear just what their hopes for the future were.
I think both sets of fans would have had very similar expectations. Two fine clubs on the verge of glory, trophies just around the corner.
Newcastle United to kick on and dominate English football ?
I guess you guys are not quite ready for that… but your kids are going to love it.
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