Newcastle United have come a long way since Joe Kinnear was last here. Most of it could be classed as progress both on and off the pitch, even Ashley seemed to be going through rehabilitation and gaining some acceptance. So why go back to a man associated with a time when Ashley was a hate figure and the club was lurching from one disaster to another?
The team defeated by Newcastle in the Fairs Cup Final went on to pick up every league title between 1969 and 1975, adding further silverware to the cabinet by winning the Hungarian Cup in 1969 and again in 1970, a historic 2 in a row double, the club during this period became known as Magic Ujpest.
Spending big has not served Newcastle well, although it did get us close briefly and thrillingly in the nineties. The club suffered from persisting with that policy long term. The end product of that period of lavish spending being nothing but a disjointed squad assembled by various managers. Each one spending millions to their own end and no clear long term thinking at the club to influence proceedings.
The Premier league is due to introduce goal line technology from next season to address the issue and surely more will follow in other areas in the coming seasons, now that the barrier has been breached and the anti-technology lobby bypassed or won over.
Since our own club’s last major trophy win we have seen many ups and downs and a trophy drought spanning 43 years and counting. So what of our opponents and the clear favourites on that day, Ujpest Dozsa?