Next we travel to The Britannia Stadium to play a fixture we’ve historically struggled in, victoria-ground2Stoke away.

We enjoyed relative success against The Potters however in the early 1950s , with the highlight being a 4-2 win there in the 5th round of the 1951 FA Cup; where we went on to lift the trophy. Our goals that day came from George Robledo (2), Bobby Mitchell and the man who bagged a double at Wembley a few months later, Jackie Milburn. Robledo was at the double again at the back end of the year when United came out as winners from the odd goal in 9 despite the talents of Mitchell and Milburn being absent on this occasion.

Stepping into the goalscoring duties that day were reserve centre forward John Duncan and Reg Davies; who also managed to score two. Stoke give us a sound thrashing early on in the 65-66 season, beating us 4-0 on our return to the top division; the next time we managed to find a win at Stoke was 1969 when a Bryan Robson goal separated the two sides at The Victoria Ground. In 1971 the shares were spoiled after 6 goals were shared in front of 16,000 people, a rare David Craig goal was supplemented by two from Malcolm Macdonald as the game ended 3-3. Late in the 84/85 season we managed to beat a Stoke side who were already relegated, the low attendance of 7,000 a clear indication of what the Potters’ fans thought of the team at that time, an own goal was what separated the two sides. A few years later in 1989 both sides were back in the Second Division where we were beaten 2-1 despite the best efforts of Kevin Scott who managed to get on the scoresheet that day.

The last time we ever played at The Victoria Ground was in 1995 for a League Cup tie which is remembered by many for all the wrong reasons, with Stoke supporters attacking seemingly any United fan they could find, after some unsavoury rumours had spread.

On the pitch however things were a lot better, as goals from Peter Beardsley (2), Les Ferdinand and Darren Peacock secured a comfortable 4-0 victory for The Magpies. Alan Shearer gained his first point as Newcastle manager in 2009 when Andy Carroll scored an excellent header to cancel out Abdoulaye Faye’s (should never have been sold) opener; Two years later we got our first win at The Brittania as Demba Ba scored a hat trick on Halloween in what was one of our most impressive performances of the 11/12 season.