A great myth associated with Newcastle United is that the club was formed in 1892 courtesy of a merger between East End and West End. In fact, the club was formed in 1881, and there was no merger. Contemporary sources and modern histories make this clear, yet the 1892 myth still persists. This article looks at reclaiming Newcastle’s lost history, tied to the release of my new book All With Smiling Faces.
‘Newcastle United Football Club was founded in 1892, by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End.’ So says Wikipedia, that font of popular knowledge. But Wikipedia is wrong. Newcastle United Football Club was not formed in 1892, and there was no merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. The club was formed 11 years earlier, in 1881. Popular knowledge has removed those 11 years of history from the records. Isn’t it about time we put them back? Continue reading