As the season peters out with players apparently already on their jollies, 2,000 desperate souls will travel to ???????????????????????????????The Emirates for an inconvenient Monday night fixture to pay an extortionate price for a performance which will unlikely yield any value for money.

Our first delve through the History File takes us back to August 1954, a period in which we’d enjoyed some good results against The Gunners; including the 1952 FA Cup Final. A strong looking United side won 3-1 that day with a double from Bobby Mitchell complimented by a Reg Davies strike.

By 1960 however the tide had certainly turned and a United side who would eventually be relegated at the end of the season were thrashed 5-0 at Highbury with Scottish centre forward David Herd scoring a hat trick. Another hammering was due our way in 1971, this time in a League Cup tie where George Graham was on the scoresheet in a 4-0 reverse. Our next victory at Highbury came 3 years later on New Year’s Day 1974 when the two sides were separated by a rare goal from Terry Hibbitt.

The joy was short lived however as two years later, our ace card that day Malcolm MacDonald had since been sold to The Gunners and almost inevitably, scored a hat trick in a thrilling 5-3 defeat; the Newcastle goals that day came from Alan Gowling and a brace for Micky Burns. By 1987 we were back to winning ways, when a United side containing the attacking talents of Gascoigne and Beardsley came up against the defensive strength of O’Leary and Adams; the game was settled by a solitary goal from Londoner Paul Goddard. That scoreline was reversed two years later when Mackem Brian Marwood all but ensured our relegation back to Division Two, although the events of that day were paling into insignificance as the news began to unfold over what was happening in Sheffield.

By 1994 we were back in the top tier and had embarked on an impressive winning streak at the start of the 94/95 season that continued at Highbury when a double from Peter Beardsley and a goal from Ruel Fox secured us a 3-2 victory against the reigning Cup Winners Cup champions. Our own foray into The Champions League was aided by a vital 1-0 victory against The Gunners as a Robbie Elliott header stole the points in 1997.

Finally, in 2001 we managed to put to bed all of that daft London Hoodoo nonsense behind us in impressive style; coming from behind to beat an Arsenal side who were to end up champions with goals from Andy O’Brien, a late Alan Shearer penalty and a stoppage time counter attack finished off by Laurent Robert, happy days!