Tonight is the night Newcastle United return to European competition for the first time in five years when they take on Greek minnows Atromitos. The last time the Magpies were in Europe, Glenn Roeder’s side were beaten by AZ Alkmaar on away goals as a teenage Andy Carroll watched on from the bench.

And it could be a special night for another local lad, as 17-year old Adam Campbell hopes to make his debut after boarding the plane to Athens. Campbell has impressed many in recent months, as his free-scoring nature soon attracted the attentions of Alan Pardew and his fellow coaches. Some have described him as the “new Michael Owen” and the teenager from North Shields has given himself a fantastic base on which to build after his hat-trick and two assists helped sink Tottenham’s Development Squad on Saturday afternoon.

Other guaranteed starters are Gabriel Obertan and Steve Harper, as the goalkeeper makes his 18th European appearance, a full 13 years after his first. Sylvain Marveaux will start on the left wing, as rumours of a bust-up between the Frenchman and his manager were quashed this week. Mike Williamson will captain the side.

Fabricio Coloccini hasn’t travelled with the squad as he recovers from a groin injury that kept him out of the win over Tottenham last weekend, while Demba Ba has been given a rest. Cheick Tiote is also injured and will not be risked, with another teenager – Gael Bigirimana – set to replace the Ivorian in midfield.

A final absentee is Hatem Ben Arfa, as he begins a three-match ban for receiving a red card in his last European appearance – for Marseille against Benfica. The French flyer was on the pitch for little over a minute before kicking out at an opponent and being given his marching orders.

As for the home side, the amount most people know about Atromitos can be written on the back of a postage stamp but here goes:

They finished fourth in the Greek league last season and will enter the Europa League at this stage for the second time in their history. The first time round didn’t end well, as they were hammered 6-1 on aggregate by Sevilla, who went on to claim the trophy.

Former Olympiakos manager Dusan Bajevic is the manager and has previous with the Magpies, as he was in charge of the Greek champions when Newcastle stuffed them in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup.

Probably the most interesting thing about Atromitos is that their number 9 – Njazi Kuqi – is the brother of former Newcastle striker Shefki Kuqi. Quite whether we will see a swan dive celebration from the 29-year old remains to be seen.

Kickoff is at 6pm English time and is shown live on Premier Sports should you want to witness the Toon’s first European tie of (hopefully) many.

By Chief Sports Writer Marley Anderson