It was exactly 21 years ago today, the final scoreline reading Newcastle 3 Barcelona 2.

A Newcastle eleven showed just what could be done by pulling together – a night of near perfect European football under the floodlights.

It looked as though it would take a miracle to defeat Figo, De La Pena, Sonny Anderson, Sergi, Miguel, Enrique, Rivaldo and the rest.

Well it wasn’t quite a miracle but he was called Tino Asprilla, a hat-trick hero who along with Keith Gillespie put in his best ever performance for Newcastle United.

Only four months after this hat-trick, Kenny Dalglish sold Tino Asprilla.

This was a great football night never to be forgotten.

Newcastle lined up;

Shay Given

Warren Barton

Philippe Albert

Steve Watson

John Beresford

Keith Gillespie

Robert Lee

David Batty

John Barnes (Temuri Ketsbaia 81 mins)

Jon Dahl Tomasson (Darren Peacock 78 mins)

Tino Asprilla

Interviewed by UEFA about that night, Tino Asprilla talks us through the match. Also, watch the highlights below (First video is match highlights and below is the Tino Asprilla interview).

Watching this provokes many emotions, including sadly of course a reminder of just how little excitement we have to look forward to in the present day.



  • Peaky

    Great night…I know it’s been said a million times before and the world is full of “If onlys’“….but if only SBR had replaced KK….???

    • 1957

      Sir Bob wouldn’t have completely dismantled Keegan’s side, Shepherd wouldn’t have pressured him into selling Sir Les, we wouldn’t have bought Barnes, Rush etc and Geordie John (thanks Ruud) might not have become the best coach in the PL… things definitely would have been better

      • Kev Newcastle England

        Feyenoord away Champs League 3/2 just as good a European night

    • molend

      ‘but if only SBR had replaced KK’. Aye, it’s a funny one that. I’m speaking merely from memory, but wasn’t he approached and turned the job down? He was contracted to Barcelona, but wasn’t actually doing anything very much there at the time, as I recall. And then you’ve got Dalglish, Gullit, Souness, Allardyce, Pardew and McLaren. All of them rubbish managers for Newcastle and I doubt if any of us would have appointed them, but, on the face of it, not initially bad choices in terms of CV. Not making any particular point, just musing.

      • Peaky

        Yeah…valid points.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    De le Pena there’s a forgotten great, bad injuries & I’ll advised move to lazio. Proper Espanyol lad through & through him & Raul Tamudo kept them up single handidly

    • Peaky

      You certainly know your European football bud that’s for sure.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        One of my faves growing up, there was that many amazing attacking mids in the late 90’s early 00’s. Djalminha another that springs to mind

  • Sing in the Leazes

    the crowd were amazing that night.
    only game I can remember since they stopped standing which had an atmosphere like the old days

  • Billmag

    Took a friend’s son that night he was 9 year old, he’s a 30 year old man now and every time I see him he laughs and says I introduced him to plenty of years of heartache following the Mags, but I tell him he is young enough to see the end of Ashley hopefully.

  • Leicester Mag

    Was at a scientific conference, well hacked off, so had to watch in a bar. Went ape when 2nd and especially 3rd went in. ‘He leapt like a gazelle’ best line of commentary for me. Up there with SuperMacs second verses Burnley. Whenever I feel fed up just watch the highlights from this.