Newcastle might well be utter rubbish these days, but it hasn’t always been that way.
In fact, the early 2000s brought with it two decent title challenges and a Champions League campaign that ebbed and flowed.
With the late, great Sir Bobby Robson in charge the Magpies looked capable of anything – and their 2002/03 European adventure proved that.
Here’s nine things you might have forgotten about that rollercoaster season:
1 They only went and beat eventual runners up Juventus
Andy Griffin > Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero.
2 They signed Titus Bramble in the summer to guide them to European dominance
It didn’t happen.
3 Sir Bobby Robson’s right-hand men at the time were Nigel Pearson and John Carver
The ultimate crime-fighting duo.
4 The adventure was only possible because they beat Bosnian side Zeljeznicar Sarajevo in the qualifying rounds
Potential banana skin.
5 It was one of those weird seasons when the Champions League was split into a first and second group stage
Whose daft idea was that?
6 Their entire season was a cult hero frenzy
Laurent Robert and Nobby Solano on either wing? Not to mention Andy Griffin, Lomana LuaLua, Nikos Dabizas and Shola Ameobi. Run me a cold bath. Quickly.
7 Craig Bellamy scored a 90th minute winner against Feyenoord to keep the dream alive
You little ripper.
8 Bellamy soon turned villain, clashing with wind-up merchant Marco Materazzi against Inter Milan
At the time it was the fastest red card in Champions League history
9 But they still managed to draw the return game in the San Siro
Alan Shearer was at the peak of his powers