YNWA looks back at our four previous encounters with Hungarian opposition as we prepare to entertain Debreceni VSC in our first Champions League game of the season on Wednesday. Our previous four meetings with Magyar teams in L4 have resulted in two victories, a draw and one defeat. Surprisingly, we have never met Hungarian opposition in any friendlies or other unofficial matches.
After a goalless first away game, we beat Honvéd 2-0 in the second leg of our European Cup Winners' Cup Second Round tie in March 1966, thanks to goals from Chris Lawler and Ian St. John. Lawler and Peter Thompson between them rattled the woodwork three times as we dominated the game. We went on to reach the Final in our second season in Europe.
A disappointing first
We suffered our first ever home defeat in Europe in January 1968, as Ferencvárosi won 1-0 in the Fairs Cup Third Round second leg in snowy conditions, to send us crashing out 2-0 on aggregate. We had lost at Üllói út the previous November thanks to a deflected goal back on a snowbound pitch.
We beat Ferencvárosi 1-0 in the first leg of our Fairs Cup First Round tie in September 1970, thanks to a Bobby Graham strike. Two weeks later, Emlyn Hughes struck a 25-yard equaliser as we drew 1-1 in Hungary.
Kevin Keegan struck in October 1974 as we were held to a draw by Ferencvárosi in the Second Round of the European Cup Winners' Cup, with keeper István Géczi in outstanding form. The visitors bagged a very late equaliser through Mate that eventually saw us crash out at this Second Round stage on the away goals rule, as we could only secure a goalless draw in the return encounter, with two penalty shouts on Ray Kennedy waved away.