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THE CUP FINALS; Memories of Cup Finals - good and bad - across time.

Byline: Dave Morton Writer david.morton.editorial@reachplc.com

OH, what might have been! It was 45 years ago this weekend that Newcastle United were beaten 3-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley by a Kevin Keegan-inspired Liverpool team.

Two days later, as our frontpage image shows, the United players returned home trophyless, but still received a heroes' welcome when thousands of fans lined the city centre streets to watch the rather awkward open-top bus parade.

Just months later, United and Liverpool met in the league at St James' Park, with the Magpies spearheaded by a buccaneering Malcolm Macdonald trouncing the Reds 4-1 on that occasion. It was too little, too late - and typical Newcastle.

The Magpies were once regarded as the FA Cup kings of English football. When captain Jimmy Scoular received the trophy from the young Queen Elizabeth II at Wembley on May 7, 1955, it was the third time in five years the team had lifted the FA Cup and the sixth time in the club's history.

They remained, also, unbeaten at the national stadium - but that was a long time ago. The dismal defeat in 1974 brought that proud record to an end. Two years later, in the League Cup final, United came up short again, losing 2-0 to Spurs.

And later still, in 1998 and 1999, the Magpies were similarly insipid, falling to Arsenal and Manchester United respectively in Wembley FA Cup finals.

Sunderland remain the last North East team to win the Cup.

Unfancied Second Division underdogs against Don Revie's mean Leeds United machine in 1973, they turned in one of the most memorable ever cup final performances.

An Ian Porterfield goal and a string of brilliant saves by goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery earned the Black Cats their second FA Cup success.

The first - a 3-1 victory over Preston North End - had come in 1937, a year after Sunderland were crowned League Champions.

The honour of being the North East club to most recently secure a major trophy belongs to Middlesbrough. It would be their first and last to date.

In February 2004, they beat Bolton 2-1 to lift the Carling Cup - the latest incarnation of the League Cup in Cardiff. It followed three doses of misery a decade earlier when they lost the FA Cup final in 1997 and League Cup final in both 1997 and 1998.

Enjoy our pictures from the Sunday Sun archive, recalling Cup Final memories - good and bad - for Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

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Newcastle United beat Arsenal 2-1 in the controversial 1932 FA Cup final at Wembley

Front: Thousands welcome home the beaten FA Cup finalists, Newcastle United, February 6, 1974

|| Above, Jackie Milburn scores the first of his two goals in the 1951 FA Cup final 2-0 victory over Blackpool at Wembley; left, the skippers of Newcastle United and Aston Villa -Frank Hudspeth and Frank Moss -shake hands before the 1924 FA Cup final at Wembley. United won the game 2-0

Crowds in Newcastle wait to greet the players of Newcastle United after their first FA Cup win in 1910

| Newcastle United concede the first goal in the 2-1 League Cup final defeat to Manchester City in 1976

| Newcastle United's last FA Cup final appearance -a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United -in May 1999

|| The victorious Newcastle United team who beat Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May 1955. It remains United's last domestic trophy

|| Sunderland lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the 1992 FA Cup final

|| Clive Walker of Sunderland misses a penalty in the 1985 Milk Cup final at Wembley. Sunderland lost 1-0 to Norwich City

|| Yaya Toure of Manchester City scores against Sunderland in the 2014 Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

|| Queen Elizabeth and King George VI present the FA cup to Sunderland captain Raich Carter at Wembley, May 1937, after his side beat Preston 3-1

|| Sunderland skipper Bobby Kerr lifts the FA Cup after his side beat Leeds United 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley, May 5, 1973

|| Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe embraces Jimmy Montgomery after the goalkeeper's heroics in the

|| Sunderland FC players leaving Kings Cross for the North East after winning the FA Cup, May 1937

|| Roberto Di Matteo scores Chelsea's first goal in the 1997 FA Cup final at Wembley. Chelsea beat Boro 2-0

|| Leicester City and Middlesbrough battle it out during the 1997 Coca Cola Cup final replay at Hillsborough in April 1997. Leicester won 1-0

|| Action from the Coca Cola Cup final at Wembley between Boro and Chelsea in March 1998. The Londoners won 2-0

|| The pleasant setting of Belsay Castle in Northumberland

|| Boro fans celebrate at the final whistle after their team beat Bolton in the Carling Cup final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2004. It was -and remains -the club's first major trophy

|| Middlesbrough celebrate after beating Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, February 29, 2004
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Date:May 5, 2019
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