Tuktuk Day 51

Newcastle United

Well, I covered Sunderland recently so it is only fair that I talk about their noisy neighbours. The rivalry between Newcastle United and Sunderland is fierce but until a few weeks ago they had not met for eight years. A three nil victory for Newcastle United only re-opened arguments! Both sets of fans still claim bragging rights. FACTS show 54 victories and 53 defeats for the Tyneside club but Sunderland fans will scream about the six straight victories in the Premier League. and so it goes on. Most goals? Most away wins? Biggest victory score line. Like Tory politicians and statisticians the world over, fans will “prove” who is the bitter/bigger club! If they are struck for a definitive answer they will comment on the size or the capacity of the stadium, average attendances, number of seasons in the top division, the age of the stadium etc etc Personally, I’d say ….well perhaps I had better not!

One man who knows more than most about Newcastle United is author and fan, Gavin Haigh and we were talking about his latest book this week. I think it is one of the relatively few truly comprehensive books about a single club. So, if you are interested in the history and evolution of the Newcastle United shirt “Black and White Stripes ” is for you.

BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES
The Greatest Collection of Newcastle United Matchworn Shirts
By Gavin Haigh

Be the first kid in your street to own the ultimate Newcastle United shirts book. Order from Conker and you’ll get a free set of four limited-edition Classic NUFC Shirts postcards, too!

BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES is a stunning showcase of the world’s greatest collection of matchworn Newcastle United shirts. It tells the story of one man’s lifelong labour of love as a Magpies supporter and collector – and also works brilliantly, both visually and emotionally, as an informal fans’ history of the club spanning the late 1950s to date.

Every Newcastle United fan will be transported back in time by the historic matchworn shirts featured, each of which recalls a season, a past hero, big-match thrills and heartaches. Through the power of the shirts they wore, BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES puts you in touch with memories of Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer, Gary Speed and Jonjo Shelvey.

Here is the shirt worn by hat-trick hero David Kelly in the 7-1 thrashing of Leicester in 1993, when the lads were presented with the First Division trophy. The Aertex number nine jersey prepared for the Japan Cup in 1983, but never used. Paul Gascoigne’s well-worn away shirt from the 1987/88 season. And many more…

Foreword by Newcastle United legend David Kelly.

About the author

Gavin Haigh’s life as a passionate NUFC shirt collector began as a seven-year-old in June 1976 with a trip with his mother to Stan Seymour’s sports shop in the centre of Newcastle. He attended his first match in October 1976, standing on the Gallowgate, became a Milburn Stand season-ticket holder in 1992 and continues to attend every home match, his love and commitment to the club never wavering. Gavin’s knowledge of the history of the club and their shirts is second to none, his NUFC shirt collection currently standing at close to 1000, of which 275 are matchworn shirts.

The book is available on The Conker Editions website or on Amazon

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I HOPE you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and I that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work.

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