It’s almost 21 years to the day since Newcastle United last took on 1860 Munich.
Two decades back it was Bobby Robson in charge of the Magpies, who kicked off their campaign in the Intertoto Cup and ended with Champions League football in the bag.
Is that a good omen for Eddie Howe this season? He’ll certainly hope so as his side take on the now German third tier outfit at the picturesque FC Pinzgau Saalfelden Arena in Austria.
Back in 2001, having beaten Lokeren in the first round over two legs, United faced 1860 in Munich’s Olympic Stadium. They would go on to lose an entertaining third and final round to French side Troyes.
The first leg in Germany saw United win 3-2, thanks to strikes from Nolberto Solano (x2) and Aaron Hughes, before they romped to a 3-1 home win to send them through the final, courtesy of Gary Speed, Lomana Lua-Lua and Solano again.
So, what was the XI that day at St James’ Park and where are they now? Here we take a look at what happened next for the players who turned out for United against 1860 that summer:
1. Shay Given
The Republic of Ireland’s second most capped player, Given sits third on the all time NUFC games chart. He left the club in 2009 to join Manchester City before rounding off his career with stints at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Stoke City. After retirement, took on coaching roles with Villa and Derby County. Can now be seen on TV screens as a pundit.
2. Warren Barton
Signed as the most expensive defender in English football in 1995, he eventually left the club for Derby County in 2002. Having moved to the USA after retirement, Barton held a series of roles in youth football in the States, as well as a senior position at San Diego Flash. Does punditry work for Fox Sports 1.
3. Nikos Dabizas
The goalscoring Greek was a non-playing member of his national side who won the 2004 European Championships, while a player at Leicester City. Post-retirement, he was a technical director at Panathinaikos and Omonia Lefkosia.
4. Aaron Hughes
The Northern Irishman departed for Aston Villa under Graeme Souness and enjoyed a number of years playing in the top flight for the likes of Fulham. Hughes was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to football.