Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Semi-Final Joy in 1999

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Cup Semi-Final Joy in 1999

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IT was 1999 and - by today's standards - everything was hunky dory in the world of Newcastle United.

Sitting in an unspectacular but secure 10th spot in the Premier League, the Toon under Ruud Gullit had the very welcome distraction of a cup run to contend with. Imagine that!

Indeed on this day in '99, United walked out at Old Trafford to face Spurs in the semi-final of the FA Cup in front of 53,609.

Having disposed of Crystal Palace, Bradford, Blackburn and Everton, the Toon faced a Tottenham side featuring former United favourites Les Ferdinand and David Ginola.

On a rare, enjoyable afternoon at the home of Manchester United, the stadium's main stand literally shook as the travelling Toon Army went into overdrive, Ginola was marked out of the game by Andy Griffin, and Alan Shearer settled the matter with two goals - one a penalty - in extra time after a tight 90 minutes.

While 27,000 Newcastle fans bounced around at Old Trafford, we reported: "Joyous streets after enjoying Newcastle United's semi-final victory back home on Tyneside. …

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