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Magpie Memories: Conversations with Newcastle Players Down the Decades [Hardcover]

Malcolm Holt
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd (1 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859834213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859834213
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,337,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I left my native Yorkshire and moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976. One marriage and four children later, I am still there. No-one can ever accuse me of just passing through. During the 1990s I contributed regularly to 'The Mag', a Newcastle United fanzine, and I also had articles published in the 'Sunday Sun' regional newspaper.
My first stab at crime fiction writing came in 1998 when my novel 'In The Nick Of Tyne' was published by Falcon Books. A few copies were sold but it has now become something of a collectors' item. There may still be the odd copy lurking out there somewhere, if you can find one. My first real success at writing came in 2004 and 2005 with the football books 'Magpie Memories' and 'More Magpie Memories' respectively, both published by the former Breedon Books.
Late in 2010 I took very early retirement from the day job and decided to return to my love of writing. Having always been a fan of the crime fiction genre, this seemed to be a natural direction for me. 'Hard Drive' is a collection of hard-boiled crime stories based in the Newcastle area, and 'Red Light' & '27' are standalone short crime stories.
I am currently developing a new eBook series of fun travelogues and the first book in the series is due to be published in 2014.

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Magpie Memories is an absorbing collection of personal interviews with 12 former Newcastle United footballers who played for the club between 1944 and 1998. Through their recollections of playing for Newcastle the book charts the fortunes and misfortunes of the club and highlights the special bond between players and supporters. Such familiar names as David McCreery, John Beresford and Ron McGarry appear, alongside other players who may not be so well known to younger supporters but who nevertheless had important careers at St James's Park, such as Charlie Crowe and George Luke from the 1940s and 1950s. The players reminisce freely about life as footballers in the North-East: training regimes, match-day routines, their teammates and life off the pitch. This fascinating book is an in-depth look at what it is like to have a long career with an historic club and is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of Newcastle United and its players.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magpie Memories 6 Oct 2004
This book gives a fascinating insight into the day to day playing lives of footballers from the 1940's to 80's, in their own words, and as a result will be of interest to all football supporters as many of the players either came from or moved on to other clubs across the UK.
The cross section of players is great, Charlie Crow who played for Newcastle from 1944 to 1957 was signed for 10 in comparison John Berresford signed in 1992 from Portsmouth for 650,000.
I laughed aloud as players discussed the training methods of days gone by including a goal keeper who sat with his pipe and a newspaper on a park bench as the rest of the team ran 10 laps of Newcastle's Town Moor. Or the player who broke his arm, whilst training on the concrete car park as they were not allowed to train on the hallowed turf of St. James Park. Could you imagine today's players catching a public bus to the ground along with the supporters as they did not have a car? They discuss their views on the modern game and make comparisons as to how it was in their day.
I enjoyed the flow of the interviews and reading the players "own words" as they depict an honest account of life at Newcastle United. There are some nice and humours stories behind the scenes of the club, along with players' opinions of the management and board of directors at the time.
The author Malcolm Holt, who like many of the players in his book, is an honouree Geordie, having spent his early days living in East Yorkshire and supporting Hull City. Malcolm obviously has a passion for Newcastle United and football in general. Let's hope there is a volume 2 I give this book 5*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 25 Jan 2005
I was bought this book for Christmas and i first thought what is this!! But i then changed my mind. This is a truly amazing book and I would love to thank the author for cretatng such a brilliant book. iI am not actually a geordie but still found this book fascinationg. My great thanks goes to the author. Well done mate. you are an excellent author and are very witty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newcatle Hero's 21 Sep 2004
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This book is a must have for any newcastle fan, and anyone intrested in football. Its soooo good credit to the author. This book it very well put together. My adivce would be to buy it as you wont be disapointed.
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