Newcastle away matches, best days of your football lives.
We don’t always win but what a laugh.
Great times away with your mates and some stand out more than others, usually because of the atmosphere rather than the results.
Friday night saw Rafa Benitez’ team beat Cardiff 2-0 and give them an outside chance of still finishing ahead of Brighton.
As well as the result the support was excellent from the 4,300 Newcastle fans who had made the trick trip on a Friday night.
Various fans have posted videos of the support (such as this one – HERE) and some Newcastle supporters claimed it was the best ever atmosphere, which has led to a discussion – must of it dependent on age, of what have been the top atmospheres down the years.
Here is my Top 10 atmospheres at Newcastle away matches, feel free to comment on my choices down below and give your own.
From number 10 to Number 1 – here we go:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 – 9 April 2000
FA Cup Semi-final that we lost after winning the previous two seasons (though losing in the finals). The Sheffield United and Spurs wins were at Old Trafford but this was Wembley and when that Rob Lee goal went in, the noise…
Leeds 3 Newcastle 4 – 22 December 2001
Newcastle go 3-1 down and win 4-3, brilliant Nobby Solano goal in final seconds seals it, fans were class that day and result meant NUFC top of Premier League at Christmas.
Liverpool 4 Newcastle 0 – 6 January 1984
Kevin Keegan return to Anfield with NUFC in FA Cup. I have never been so buzzing after a four goal defeat!
Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – 2 May 1992
The tension/emotion this day was just the worst. Final match of the season and Newcastle could be going down to the third tier. The backing for the players was superb and the eventual 2-1 win after pitch invasions, twists and turns…never have I felt so drained after a match.
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 – 14 October 1978
First ever away derby match and I was only a kid – Newcastle had half of the old Roker End and I have never been as squashed since, as I was that day. Terrifying and exhilarating in equal measures.
Feyenoord 2 Newcastle 3 – 13 November 2002
These things just don’t happen to Newcastle, lose the first three group matches and score last minute winner to progress in Champions League. Incredible scenes and support.
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Newcastle 2 – 19 November 1983
This end up being promotion year with Kevin Keegan but this match was incredible – Peter Beardsley was on fire! The support though was even better, with some 13,000 or so at Hillsborough creating a brilliant atmosphere in the away end.
Manchester United 5 Newcastle United 0 – 8 September 1984
Arthur Cox and Kevin Keegan had returned Newcastle to the top division, only for the club to spectacularly get it wrong and drive Cox away from St James Park. The shocking appointment of Jack Charlton was made but despite this, Waddle and Beardsley inspired Newcastle to wins in the first three matches, a midweek loss to Arsenal had been a setback but that wasn’t going to stop Newcastle fans as they had a chance to be at Old Trafford after years in the second tier.
This was an era where you just turned up and paid at the turnstile and is reported to be the biggest ever away following ever seen by Manchester United supporters. Newcastle had one end of the ground and as thousands more arrived, the Police were forced to also give NUFC fans part of the paddock, with that ever increasing until it spread halfway down the pitch.Predictably we lost by five but the support that day was simply mental – estimates of up to 15,000 having travelled.
Derby 4 Newcastle 1 – 20 April 1992
A match that Newcastle had to win as they fought relegation with Kevin Keegan rousing the troops on and off the pitch. The fans were class this day as one of the worst ever refereeing displays saw United get nothing and have three players sent off, as well as Terry Mac from the dugout!
The defiance of the Newcastle fans just got louder and louder with each goal/decision and on the pitch, Gavin Peacock and David Kelly were immense, even/especially when down to only eight players on the pitch.
Inter Milan 2 Newcastle 2 – 11 March 2003
Champions League at its best and the best ever away match atmosphere! Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan?
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