A greasy, muddy slope: the history of St James’ Park

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 […]

Tour de force: Newcastle’s epic 1949 US and Canada tour

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 […]

Go back to the past: reconnecting with football

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 […]