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Magpie Memories
Conversations with Newcastle players down the decades

Malcolm Holt

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.

About the Author

MALCOLM HOLT was born in Cottingham, near Hull, but moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1976 and considers himself an adopted Geordie. Married, with four children and one pedigree mongrel dog, he has followed the ups and downs of Newcastle United since adolescence. He now lives within sight of St James’s Park. He has previously written articles for The Mag, the Newcastle supporters’ magazine.

 

 

 

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