on 6 October 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*
on 16 January 2005
This was fantastic. The players are superb and the interviews are really interesting. A superb insite into former newcastle players careers. Even though i didn't live when some of the players had their careers, in this book it told me all i needed to know about them in clear detail. This is book is definitely worth its value and i can't wait for future books by malcolm. Buy this book and i guarantee you wont be disappointed. This book is a must for for all newcastle fans.