Video of the Day: Newcastle United vs West Ham United, September 1984
Younger supporters shocked by Newcastle United’s recent relegations from the Premier League may be surprised to learn that, despite the constant white noise about the club being “huge”, relegation from the top flight and promotion back has long been a part of the club’s character. Within the last decade the club has been relegated from the Premier League twice, though on both occasions a quick return to the top flight was secured after just a year away. Throughout the club’s post-war history Newcastle United have had occasional spells in the second tier, and one of these came with relegation from the First Division of the Football League in 1978. This spell in the second tier lasted, of course, for six years before the club managed to find its way back to the top flight, in no small part, under the inspiration of Kevin Keegan in 1984.
Small wonder, then, that the cameras of Match Of The Day were tempted to St James Park in September 1984 for the visit of West Ham United. West Ham had recently endured their own spells in the second tier, the latest of which had ended with promotion back in 1981. Curiously, though, West Ham’s stays in the second tier seemed to coincide with greater success in cup competitions. Following relegation in 1978 (alongside Newcastle United), West Ham won the FA Cup in 1980 and took Liverpool to a replay in the final of the League Cup the following year. Newcastle United to this day haven’t won a major trophy since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the predecessor to the UEFA Cup. Ironically, in 1989 both clubs were relegated back to the Second Division of the Football League, just as they had been together eleven years earlier.
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