My review of Michael Walker’s new book, Up There: The North-East, Football, Boom & Bust, is in the latest issue of When Saturday Comes. The book is a long-overdue social history of North-East football, and is strongly recommended.
“From the game’s earliest years, Walker shows how the industrial North-East established itself as a football powerhouse. Cash-rich Sunderland won the Football League four times by 1902, and innovative Newcastle won the League three times, and the FA Cup, by 1910. There was a seemingly infinite stream of great players, from Colin Veitch, Raich Carter and Wilf Mannion to Stan Mortenson, George Camsell and Stan Anderson (who, uniquely, captained Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough).”
Read the full review in the December 2014 issue of When Saturday Comes.