By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
When United face Monaco in a pre-season friendly on Monday night (7pm kick-off), it will be the first time in more than 15 years since the teams last met.
That occasion was the fourth round of the UEFA Cup in March 1997, and it spelt the end of Newcastle's participation in the competition that season, as they went down 4-0 on aggregate over two legs.
Having seen off Halmstads, Ferencvaros and Metz, the Magpies were handed a tie against an impressive Monaco squad which included the likes of Thierry Henry, Sonny Anderson, Fabian Barthez and Martin Djetou.
And it ultimately proved one step too far for Kenny Dalglish's men, who trailed 1-0 from the first leg of the match after Anderson struck midway through the second half at St. James' Park.
In the second leg. Monaco eased into the next round with a 3-0 win. Sylvain Legwinski - who would later go on to play in the Premier League for Fulham - opened the scoring, before Ali Benarbia bagged a second half brace.
4th March, 1997 - UEFA Cup round four, first leg
Newcastle 0 Monaco 1 (Anderson 59)
United: Shaka Hislop; Warren Barton, Darren Peacock, Philippe Albert, Robbie Elliott; Steve Watson, David Batty, Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie; David Ginola; Rob Lee
18th March, 1997 - UEFA Cup round four, second leg
Monaco 3 (Legwinski 41; Benarbia 50, 67)
United: Shaka Hislop; Warren Barton (Lee Clark), Darren Peacock (John Beresford), Philippe Albert, Robbie Elliott; Steve Watson, David Batty, Rob Lee, David Ginola; Faustino Asprilla, Peter Beardsley (Keith Gillespie)
A report, extensive reaction, photos and highlights of Monday's pre-season friendly against Monaco will be on nufc.co.uk. Stay logged on throughout the night.