24 hours in Milan (and four in Oslo) watching Newcastle United in the Champions League again after 20 years

FourFourTwo Deputy Editor Matt Ketchell at the San Siro in 2003 and 2023
FourFourTwo Deputy Editor Matt Ketchell at the San Siro in 2003 and 2023 (Image credit: Matt Ketchell)

Direct flights from Newcastle to Milan are rare, and pricey, so a Toon supporter needs to be creative when booking European adventures. Budgets must be protected as hopefully there will be more trips of these nature to come.

But that's what I thought 20 years ago, aged 17, when I travelled to Milan to watch Newcastle play Inter Milan in the latter stages of the 2002/03 tournament (there were two group stages back then). "This is just the beginning, we'll be back next year, we'll go one further". The naivety of youth.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.