|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||0-0||Newcastle United|
|Date: 30/11/2006 Venue: Commerzbank-Arena Competition: UEFA Cup|
|Match Report||Submitted on 31/12/2006 by ?|
|The crowd was 47,000, with around 2,000 travelling fans in the East end of the ground on upper and lower levels, with those having purchased seats directly from the home club mixing freely with Frankfurt fans in adjacent areas. Good support from the away sections, but the home fans were up for this one and made the ground shake at times in a manner that blew away the "new ground / no noise" theory that is routinely advanced from some quarters.
Injuries and selection issues meant that Glenn Roeder had little choice but to field his first-choice XI, filling the bench with players who would ordinarily have expected a Youth Cup runout this week, rather than a European foray. When the UEFA draw was made, our pairing with in-form Italian and Turkish sides and inconsistent but still dangerous Spanish and German outfits had caused some to label this as the group of death. In the event though, the nearest thing we had to a fatality along the way was Albert Luque's roadside experience en route to Newcastle airport in advance of this match, as we qualified with a game to spare despite our own shortcomings. Frankfurt certainly showed more desire to win than any of the other three sides we faced and there's no doubting that we rode our luck in catching them on a night when they could have played until the pubs chucked out and still not have put the ball past Shay Given.