THIS month marks 50 years since Newcastle United won their last major trophy.

The Magpies’ victory in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 is now just a distant memory for fans – but a new book is shedding some light on the story of Newcastle’s last great triumph.

The Amazing Journey: How Newcastle United Conquered Europe saw author Matthew Watson-Broughton travel all over Europe in a bid to bring the story to life, from Newcastle’s point of view and their opponents.

Matt, who was brought up in Ponteland and lived in Hexham, has been receiving plaudits for his work.

He said: “The feedback has been awesome, it’s been overwhelming. It’s now the best seller in Newcastle’s Waterstones.

“I never thought people would be so enthusiastic about my work.

“This has taken over my life for the last year. I’m so passionate about it so I thought I’m going to put a lot at stake on this being a success.”

To write the book, Matthew spoke to at least three players from each side Newcastle faced.

He also interviewed much of the victorious Newcastle squad – including striker Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, who was brought up in Prudhoe and now lives in Hexham.

Matthew, is now based in Hungary, says that the book is unique among sports literature.

He continued: “The best thing about the book, I feel, is the style. It’s a new way of writing sports literature.

“I compiled all of my interviews, quotes from journalists and match reports and made it all into a series of conversations with the people who were there. We’re a fly on the wall in those conversations.”

Matt’s book is available on eBay, Amazon, publisher Techto sports, and at Newcastle’s Waterstones.