Newcastle United fans are often reminded of their Champions League tussles of yesteryear with one man and one match sticking out above all others.
After 20 years away from European football’s top table, the Magpies make their long awaited return against AC Milan at San Siro on Tuesday evening.
A new generation of supporters will see their team compete in the competition for the first time and for others, memories will flood back of Newcastle exploits in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Supporters of a slightly older age will have told the story of a special night in 1997 when Barcelona came to town, only to be sent packing by a Colombian wizard.
Barca boasted world-class talent such as Rivaldo, Luis Figo and Luis Enrique but were edged out in a thrilling 3-2 defeat.
That night, Newcastle were reeling. Alan Shearer ruptured ankle ligaments in pre-season and Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and Peter Beardsley had been sold weeks earlier. But fear not, Faustino Asprilla was ready to step up against Europe’s elite.
Well the Colombian certainly thought so but his preparations for the game were hardly the conventional way, so much so that he almost didn’t play in the game.
“I’d been away on international duty, but instead of going back to Newcastle I went to my ranch and had a party with lots of girls,” Asprilla told FourFourTwo magazine in 2017. “[Manager] Kenny Dalglish was furious,” he added.
But Asprilla found himself in the starting line-up against the Catalan giants and alongside Keith Gillespie, the pair ran Barcelona ragged at a raucous St James’ Park.
«He was one of the fastest players I'd ever seen,» he told UEFA of Gillespie whose pinpoint delivery led to two of his goals on the night.
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