A special anniversary for Newcastle United today.

It is exactly 50 years since they played their first competitive match in European competition.

At home on 11 September 1968, Newcastle hammered Feyenoord 4-0 at St James Park in the first round of the Fairs Cup.

Joe Harvey’s team of course going on to win a European trophy at the first time of asking.

Newcastle have now played 122 European matches in total, which doesn’t include the dozen Intertoto games.

An impressive record of 67 wins, 26 draws, with only 29 defeats.

With 195 goals scored and 116 conceded, it gives a goal difference of +79.

Here is the split by competition:

UEFA Champions League

Played 24 Won 11 Drawn 3 Lost 10 Goals For 33 Goals Against 33 Goal Difference +0

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

Played 72 Won 42 Drawn 17 Lost 13 Goals For 123 Goals Against 60 Goal Difference +63

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

Played 2 Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Goals For 2 Goals Against 2 Goal Difference +0

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

Played 24 Won 13 Drawn 6 Lost 5 Goals For 37 Goals Against 21 Goal Difference +16

Newcastle United’s full European record (not including 12 Intertoto matches):        

Played 122 Won 67 Drawn 26 Lost 29 Goals For 195 Goals Against 116 Goal Difference +79

(Sunderland’s full European record: Played 4 Won 3 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Goals For 5 Goals Against 3 Goal Difference +2)

Top NUFC European Goalscorers

30 Alan Shearer

15 Shola Ameobi

11 Craig Bellamy

10 Wyn Davies

9 Pop Robson

9 Tino Asprilla



  • Leazes.

    Ashley told Pardew…..

    …… ‘Eighth and no higher’, and that has been the clubs strategic policy, its guiding light….and…….’seventeenth and no lower’

    That is the Ashley equation!

    He said he’d leave when he won something, well he’s just been voted the worst owner in the County….

    ….I consider that to be ‘winning something!

    In the name of god go!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    We were a European competing team until fatty came, now we just exist.

  • Philippines

    In the photo there is one European Cup winner – Frank Clark. He went to Notts Forest and won it under Brian Clough.

  • BanJones

    Is that John (The Beast) Mcnamee next to John Craggs? That is the first team I ever saw at St James’s.

    • Tweed Mag

      It is.

  • Paul Patterson

    Forget those European nights. The only club I know that actively restrains itself from competing for Europe (And honours in general) is Newcastle.

  • Oldgeordie

    Saw all the home games and Rangers away when McFaul saved a penalty. The wife jumped up in the air and nearly got us lynched by a bunch of Scottish louts. Great memories.