Bobby Moncur – as he was known in those days – was captain of the Newcastle United side that beat Hungarian side Ujpesti Dozsa 6-2 on aggregate back in 1969 to win the last trophy for Newcastle United – The Inter-City Fairs Cup – now known as the Europa League.
Bob Moncur – speaking about another great Newcastle captain
The great Joe Harvey
The home game was one I was lucky enough to see, but nobody at the time thought that was the last trophy we would win for (at least) 46 years. 🙁
Bob Moncur scored three of Newcastle’s goals in those two games, and he is now officially an Ambassador of the club, but goes to every Newcastle game, and Alan Pardew has said today he thinks of Bob as the President of the club.
Come to think of it – that wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Certainly Moncur accompanied the lads down under in New Zealand over the summer, and by all accounts did very well as the senior representative of the club.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say about the legendary Newcastle captain, who is now 69
“I call him our President. Bob Moncur is on the bus every week to remind me when Newcastle last won a trophy,” “I can’t get away from it but no-one would be more delighted than Bob if we can achieve something.”
“We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home and now we have got to do it a third time. It will be a tough game but we will go there very strong,”
“The win at Man City did give us energy, it gave us a lift and the win at Palace gave us a lift as well.” “One of us will be in the semi-final; both clubs would love to be in that position.”
“We have a lot of young talent and we showed character and the right mentality,” “These are our characteristics and we need to keep this feeling – never give up in football, never give up every time we’re on the field, this is important.”
Since the Stoke defeat in late September Newcastle have done very well, and it seems like Spurs are finally starting to play the way new manager Mauricio Pochettino wants them to play – and they looked good in their 2-1 win at Swansea on Sunday.
Our players will no doubt be inspired to try to win a trophy for the club, and whoever starts tomorrow night, we should see them playing with a lot more energy than they showed at Arsenal. – that’s a minimum requirement.
But whatever team wins the next trophy for Newcastle – that team will go down in history and be revered over the years – just like the Inter City Fairs Cup winning side, and the teams that won the FA Cup three times – in 1951, 1952 and 1955.
Our lads know they have a chance of winning a Cup this season – which is why we should see a very good performance from the players tomorrow night.
We certainly hope so.
Most fans think we can win the game.
Howay The Lads!!
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