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 […]
Piece written for The Guardian on the renaming of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. “It was all going so well. Perhaps too well, with hindsight. The announcement that Newcastle United’s ground, St James’ Park, is to be renamed the Sports Direct Arena has shattered the fragile truce between the football club’s supporters and its owner, […]
The greatest goal I ever saw is one that I can only barely remember. It was scored almost 25 years ago, and I’ve never seen a replay, despite the fact that it happened in an English First Division match. This was the 1987/88 season, and football coverage – even involving top flight teams – was […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
Things have been rather busy at Newcastle United. Five weeks into the football season and it’s already impossible to summarise the goings-on at St James’ Park without the result resembling something like War and Peace – in terms of length and theme. Mercifully, a summary is unnecessary, given the blanket media coverage the whole sorry […]
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.