Trawling through football history books over the weekend I came across a quite unusual photograph. This was in the excellent Football: The Golden Age by John Tennant. The photo shows three men tying a mangey toy cat to a railing on a ship. One of the men is wearing a black and white rosette. They’re […]
Why do Newcastle United play in black and white stripes? And did they really play in red and white? In the third (and last?) trawl through the club’s history, here’s a look at NUFC’s early kits. Previous posts covered the original grounds of NUFC, and the history of St James’ Park. Kit illustrations are courtesy […]
Last week, I set out with photographer Paul J White to locate all four football grounds used by the club that became Newcastle United. This is what we found: This is where it all started for Newcastle United, in a car park behind a tile warehouse, a couple of miles east of St James’ Park. […]
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.
All With Smiling Faces takes a wander through the early history of Newcastle United to discover how the club came to mean so much to so many.
Why the replacement of Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce may be the last straw for Newcastle fans. Read in the September 2019 issue of When Saturday Comes.
As football clubs head off on their pre-season tours, this article tells the story of Newcastle United’s epic 1949 tour of the US and Canada. It was remarkable for several reasons, most notably because Jackie Milburn scored 31 goals in 31 days, and Newcastle chalked up the biggest win in the club’s history. “The fog-delayed […]
Last time out I visited the original grounds of the club that became Newcastle United. This time I had a traipse around and inside Newcastle’s home since 1892 – St James’ Park: I’m biased, of course, but I reckon that this place is a bit special. Packed with believers and full of noise, illuminated by […]
In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, several of Britain’s greatest footballers were interned in a brutal prison camp at Ruhleben, near Berlin. My new book tells the true story of how the prisoners used the game of football to survive, and how some of them used it to escape.
My review of Touching Distance by Martin Hardy is in the November 2015 issue of When Saturday Comes, and on the WSC website. “The 1995-96 Premier League season should not be fondly remembered on Tyneside. This was the year that Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United raced to a seemingly unconquerable 12-point lead, only to be ruthlessly […]