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Rob Newman: When English teams play in Munich, our win is always mentioned

19 October 2018

Rob Newman says he takes huge pride from being part of the only English side to beat Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium.

Newman was part of the Norwich City side which embarked on a historic UEFA Cup run during the 1993-94 season.

On their way to the third round, they became the first and only English team to beat the German giants at their former home.

That historic night holds fond memories for Newman as he said: "It’s a fantastic memory. It’s always one I keep telling everyone about when I can.

"I didn’t realise it was coming up. I spoke to Gossy [Jeremy Goss] a few weeks ago and he told me that it was 25 years ago.

"For me personally, where I’d come from playing at the bottom of the Fourth Division, to play in Munich and legends who had played for Germany at World Cups was incredible.

"For a little club like Norwich to go out there and win was a great achievement. We celebrated hard – I don’t think they’d do it now!

"To play in the Olympic Stadium was amazing. There is so much history there and to play against some of the greats of the game, it was a fantastic for myself, the team and the Club.

Newman added that he's only really recognised the scale of the achievement as time has passed.

"At the time, we perhaps weren’t aware of how big the achievement was. But now, every time a team plays Bayern Munich in Munich, we always get mentioned.

"We are the only English club, still, to beat Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium. To be part of that team that did it and for people to still talk about it is great."

Newman was speaking at the Colney Training Centre where a host of former players were invited by the Club to present framed shirts to players who have made their City debuts this season.

"Being here was a really good part of my life. To be invited back and to present a shirt to one of the lads is a fantastic gesture. I really appreciate it that they’ve invited me back."


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