Black and White Army: A Season Supporting Newcastle United

Black and White Army

Black and White Army is an account of life as a fanatical football supporter, framed by the ups and downs of a memorable season for Newcastle United FC. And 2002/03 was certainly memorable. Under the leadership of manager Sir Bobby Robson and captain Alan Shearer, the club competed at the top end of the Premiership and in the latter stages of the Champions League.

From the cover: “This is the story of being a football fan. It’s about obsession and passion, identity and belonging, glory and heartache, and laughter and tears. It’s about balancing the highs against the lows, being at home and travelling away, celebrating glorious goals and idolising brilliant players, eating half-time pies and drinking post-match pints, holding your breath and quickening your heart, punching the air and shouting yourself hoarse, sometimes winning and often losing, but always keeping the faith, and having your life and hopes and dreams shaped by the club you love.”

With the original paperback version out of print, the opportunity arose to make Black and White Army available as an ebook for a limited period, with the possibility of raising a small donation for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. First published following season 2002/03, the tenth anniversary edition included new sections to bring the story of the Black and White Army up to date for season 2012/13.

As featured in The Journal, the Evening Chronicle, the Sunday Sun, BBC Radio Newcastle,, FourFourTwo and more.

Original edition out of print. Used copies may be available from Amazon Marketplace.

Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK