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When The Magpies First Flew: The Early Years Of Newcastle FC [Kindle Edition]

Brian Belton
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Book Description

No football club in the world inspires the same degree of adoration and commitment as ‘The Magpies’ do in their home town of Newcastle. Over more than a century its greatest stars have lit up the league with their flair, while the passion of the team's support has become the stuff of legend.

'The Toon' have become synonymous with Geordie identity. And St. James's Park - the ‘Citadel of the North' - has become one of the cathedrals of the beautiful game.

But where did is all start? And how was the iron bond between town and team forged?

In 'When The Magpies First Flew: The Early Years Of Newcastle United FC' the leading football historian Brian Belton tells the fascinating story of how the club was born.

Newcastle was once a hotbed of football rivalry, where no one side dominated for very long. But even as the North Eastern metropolis became one of the powerhouses of the economy, its local footballing rivalries made it one of the backwaters of England’s national game.

The only way the City of Newcastle would achieve its massive football potential was for a single dominant team to arise.

But could the jealousies of the city's teams be overcome?

And could a single club be created?

'When Magpies First Flew' tells the story of how the team was created against the odds, and how, through football, the fierce pride of the city was born.

It is the book which no Magpies fan can afford to miss - and which every follower of the game will want to read.

Brian Belton is the author of 'Bolton Born: The Early Years of Bolton FC', and numerous books on the history of football. His books on the game are primarily a study and celebration of this global congregation, the life carnival of soccer splendour.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SME63I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fascinating rise of the Toon army. 14 Nov. 2012
As a Newcastle fan this book on the history of the magpies jumped out at me. Brian Belton does an excellent job of not only recanting the exploits of the early days of football in Britain but also gives great historical context as to how the country was changing. He describes in great detail the different Newcastle teams and the characters present within the teams and how the differ so greatly to the modern footballers of today (perhaps we need more of these old fashioned players back). The precarious rise and fall of different local teams paint a vivid picture of the unstable beginnings of association football and how the teams needed to unite to avoid their downfall is a wonderful story of the rise of football and the makings of the great football club that Newcastle United now are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written by a football fan for the fans. 1 Nov. 2012
By Nelson
This book was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. Belton's lively and vibrant style really helped to bring to life the creation of 'The Magpies'. His passion for the game shines through his writing, perfectly reflecting the fans' enthusiasm for the club. It was great to hear more about the East End and West End clubs. Well researched and jam packed full of facts and statistics, it certainly makes good value for money. I'll be recommending this to the rest of the Toon Army for sure.
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring 17 May 2013
By EileenE
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it is just a long list of dates. a telephone directory would be more interesting and I speak as a fervent Newcastle supporter
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