Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Crying in Argentina as Hosts Lift the Cup; OSSIE AND CO IN WORLD CUP WIN WHILE WORK ON TYNESIDE METRO IN FULL SWING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Crying in Argentina as Hosts Lift the Cup; OSSIE AND CO IN WORLD CUP WIN WHILE WORK ON TYNESIDE METRO IN FULL SWING

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

T'S 40 years since the World Cup took place in Argentina.

IThe host nation lifted the trophy, beating the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in Buenos Aires.

One of the features for TV viewers watching the big games during the tournament was the sight of thousands of pieces of newspaper torn up and shredded by spectators blowing around the stands and across the pitch.

It looked striking on television. At grounds across England, including St James' Park, it was repeated as the 1978-79 season recommenced.

Meanwhile,in our search for Magpies with World Cup connections, the 1978 finals were notable for featuring three players who would go on to manage Newcastle United in later years.

Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness were part of a Scotland squad packed with star players, many of whom plied their trade in the English top flight.

As players, Dalglish and Souness were giants, but as Newcastle managers both would be sacked after disappointing reigns.

Meanwhile, Argentina midfielder Ossie Ardiles was part of the talented team that went on to win the tournament on home soil that year.

Ossie became the second World Cup winner, after Jack Charlton, to go on to manage the Toon.

Ardiles was sacked towards the end of the 1991-92 season as United teetered on the brink of relegation to the old Third Division for the first time in their history.

He was replaced in the hot-seat by Kevin Keegan.

King Kev famously saved the club from the drop, going on to lead United through one of the most exhilarating periods in their history. …

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