The Champions League may seem a little bit distant from us at the minute but Newcastle Airport had a taste of Champions League action earlier today.

Two planeloads of Manchester City fans returning from their defeat at Barcelona were due to fly into Manchester Airport with a scheduled touchdown of 2.30am.

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City Fans In Toon
(Photo By Mike Keegan)

However, thick fog prevented the planes landing despite a number of attempts to do so.

The two aircraft were then diverted to Leeds-Bradford but after circling for some thirty minutes, due to no customs available, the planes were diverted further afield to Newcastle.

At around 4.30am this morning the planes eventually landed and hundreds of bemused City fans flooded into Newcastle Airport.

(I remember the days, early mornings in Newcastle Airport and cheeky early drinks, before flying off all over Europe to watch Newcastle in the Champions League…)

By all accounts the City fans took it all in good humour and all part of their European adventure which was just coming to an end.

A fleet of coaches just after 5am then took the hundreds of fans to their original Manchester destination and Newcastle Airport returned to normality.