THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

8 February ~ Stoke City travel to St James’ Park today with both teams comfortably mid-table in the Premier League. That wasn’t the case on Easter Monday of 1990, however, with the teams at opposite ends of the Second Division. Newcastle had won five games in a row and were battling with Leeds and Sheffield United for an immediate return to the top-flight, while Stoke City were rock bottom and knew that defeat could consign them to a first season in the third tier since 1926-27. Newcastle showed their dominance with a 3-0 victory which, combined with Plymouth’s win at West Brom, sent Stoke down. Newcastle went on the finish third but lost in the play-off semi-finals to Sunderland.

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