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Tour de force

When Saturday Comes 318As football clubs head off on their pre-season tours, this article tells the story of Newcastle United’s epic 1949 tour of the US and Canada. It was remarkable for several reasons, most notably because Jackie Milburn scored 31 goals in 31 days, and Newcastle chalked up the biggest win in the club’s history.

“The fog-delayed liner the Queen Mary arrived in Manhattan on a muggy afternoon in May 1949, after a six-day voyage from Southampton. On board in blue club blazers were the Newcastle United squad, including captain and half-back Joe Harvey, goalkeeper Jack Fairbrother, and centre-forward Jackie Milburn. They were embarking on a 15,000-mile summer tour of the US and Canada that would see them criss-cross the continent from New York to Vancouver, riding an unprecedented wave of football enthusiasm and scoring a remarkable number of goals.”

Read the article in the August 2013 issue of When Saturday Comes.

The article also appears on The Guardian website.

My book about the early history of Newcastle United is All With Smiling Faces.


Your next box set: John from Cincinnati

John from CincinnatiA piece for the Guardian G2’s ‘Your next box set’ column about the US TV show John from Cincinnati.

“‘The end is near,’ says mysterious stranger John in the opening scenes of John from Cincinnati. His words are prophetic, as this under-appreciated show from David Milch (creator of Deadwood and Luck) only lasted 10 episodes. Intended as a replacement for The Sopranos, the ‘surf noir’ drama baffled many viewers when it was first shown in the US in 2007, causing HBO to cancel after a single season. It subsequently aired in the UK on FX, practically unnoticed, which is a shame, since it’s perhaps the most wonderfully strange television drama since Twin Peaks.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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Your next box set: Boomtown

BoomtownAn article for the Guardian’s G2 column ‘Your next box set’ on the US TV show Boomtown.

“‘London has got the Thames, Paris has got the Seine, LA has got a concrete drainage ditch.'” That’s our introduction to Boomtown, a city that rises out of the California dust in the opening sequence of this short-lived cop show from Graham Yost (creator of Justified). First aired in 2002, Boomtown is an original and unconventional police procedural that ultimately proved to be too innovative for network TV.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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Rebranding of St James’ Park

Rebranding of St James' ParkPiece written for The Guardian’s Comment is Free section on the renaming of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

“It was all going so well. Perhaps too well, with hindsight. The announcement that Newcastle United’s ground, St James’ Park, is to be renamed the Sports Direct Arena has shattered the fragile truce between the football club’s supporters and its owner, Mike Ashley.”

Read the full article on the Guardian website.