Journalist David Taylor recalls his encounters and friendships with Hughie Gallacher, Jackie Milburn, Len Shackleton, Joe Harvey, Kevin Keegan and more legends of North East football. Read in issue 37 of The Blizzard.
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.
Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle has involved rising debts, falling revenue and poor on-pitch performances, so the fans are fighting back. Read the article in issue 380 of When Saturday Comes.
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 […]
A great myth associated with Newcastle United is that the club was formed in 1892 courtesy of a merger between East End and West End. In fact, the club was formed in 1881, and there was no merger. Contemporary sources and modern histories make this clear, yet the 1892 myth still persists. This article looks […]
Away days adventures are among the many joys of being a football fan, and have been since the Victorian era. But how did fans travel to or follow away matches in the days before cars and buses, or TV and radio? This article looks at Newcastle’s earliest away days, tied to the release of my […]
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.
This is a short piece written for the 2014 Northern League Cup Final match programme. The match was played at St James’ Park, where Marske United beat Whitley Bay 2-1 after extra time. The Northern League is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The first Northern League match at St James’ Park was played 125 […]
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 […]
I wrote a short article for the excellent Stand Against Modern Football magazine on going back to the past in an effort to reconnect with your football club. “You don’t need to travel very far back in time to recapture the magic of proper football. No Sky Sports, no Russian oligarchs, no half-and-half scarves. But […]