"He loved the Tyne the way Twain loved the Mississippi."
From that line, in the foreword, I was hooked. Duncan Hamilton is a wonderful writer, and he clearly has a wonderful memory, too. Anecdotes told to him by his father are related with warmth and clarity. There are vivid tales of Hughie Gallacher, the great Jackie Milburn, and the "Footballer Who Could Fly" himself, Wyn Davies.
(My only negative comment is that the publishers have removed the photo of Davies that adorned the hardcover edition from the paperback, despite the fact that the photo is discussed in the text.)
Evocative and elegiac, this is a truly affecting tale of football and fatherhood. Overall, it's probably the best attempt at transferring the the magic of football to the printed page that I've ever read.
Absolutely essential reading for Newcastle United fans, and fans of any persuasion.