As Newcastle United Football Club completes fifty years without a major trophy, The Amazing Journey - How Newcastle United Conquered Europe takes a fresh, original look at the Magpies' remarkable achievement of winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.
Sports journalist and translator Matthew Watson-Broughton travelled to eight European countries to interview dozens of footballers who played in this campaign, either for the Black-and-Whites or for one of their six opponents, all of which were expected to beat Joe Harvey's team but were ultimately shattered by Geordie grit, unstoppable performances and spectacular goals. That Newcastle's first-round victims Feyenoord were good enough to become champions of Europe the following year shows the scale of the challenge Harvey's heroes had to overcome.
As well as using 100 evocative photos to illustrate each step of the campaign, Matthew tracked down and met many fans, journalists, all of Newcastle's former stars and at least three players from each opposing team, a number of whom were real, international stars. Now, the locally-born author reveals their many fabulous, previously-unpublished stories and opinions in this definitive account of Newcastle United’s least-likely but perhaps greatest-ever triumph.