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 […]
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 […]
[Editor] Goal-Post Vol 2 is a second anthology of Victorian football writing, containing first-hand accounts of the birth and development of the world’s greatest game, written by those who were there to witness it.
I don’t believe in witchcraft, ghosts, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, or anything else that can’t be proven to exist via science and logic. I am, however, interested in all of the above, and pretty much anything else that can be considered paranormal or supernatural. This is mainly because I spent part of my childhood […]
[Editor] Goal-Post is a new anthology collecting the very best Victorian football writing, covering the birth and development of the world’s greatest game, and written by those who were there to witness it.
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 […]
Oh the Timperley test card’s on, so follow Frank down to the bottom of his garden. There’s been an outpouring of love for Frank Sidebottom since his creator Chris Sievey died earlier this year. He had many fans, but was never more than a cult figure. Frank’s Fantastic Shed Show was just about the closest […]
World In Motion by New Order, some say EnglandNewOrder, is indisputably the best football record ever made. You can keep your Three Lions, and your Back Home, and your All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit. It is the best football record ever made because: a) It’s by one of England’s […]
Hal Graham, the first man to officially fly a rocketbelt, has died. The following is an edited extract from The Rocketbelt Caper: Harold ‘Hal’ Graham was a 27-year-old science graduate from Buffalo who had been working for the Bell Aircraft Company as a test engineer for just over a year when he was selected to […]