Review: Newcastle's 50 Greatest Games by David Potter
PUBLISHED: 12:51 18 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2013
It's been well over half a century since the Magpies soared to success to bring English footballing honours to Tyneside and more than 40 years since <br/><br/>the boys in black and white stripes brought home the European Inter Cities Fairs Cup.
Its been well over half a century since the Magpies soared to success to bring English footballing honours to Tyneside and more than 40 years since the boys in black and white stripes brought home the European Inter Cities Fairs Cup.
But theyve still managed to set hearts aflutter, most notably in the scorching set of games commented on by David Potter in his new book Newcastles 50 Greatest Games (DB Publishing, 14.99).
This detailed compendium is heavily weighted towards the teams early years, with honourable mention going to Hughie Gallagher of the 1920s and Jackie Milburn and Bobby Mitchell from the 1950s.
Some of the matches featured are greater than others - an example from 1915 is more about the rigours of life in wartime than a battle between two teams - but all are aimed at giving fresh hope to fans who have stuck by the Magpies through thick and thin.
Written by a man with an obvious, unabashed love of the beautiful game (and an intimate knowledge of the East Coast Line which can take him from his home in Fife to St Jamess Park in two-and-a-half hours), this is not just about the nitty-gritty of 50 games, its about the intricately poised relationship between supporters and their club.
Like all affairs of the heart, there have been moments of sadness, bitterness and misery, but Potters book shows that, come what may, the bond remains resolutely unbroken.