From the publisher:
Newcastle United are a team that really should do better. They have a football-mad city all to themselves and fans as numerous and passionate as you will find anywhere. Yet their recent record is mediocre at best and poor at worst, with every fan painfully aware that 1955 was the last time they won a major English trophy.
But it wasn't always like that. In the Magpies' glory days of well over 100 years ago, they were considered the best team in the world. They won the English league three times in five years, the English cup once and had several near misses, while supplying many players for the England and Scotland national teams.
In this fascinating book, David Potter recreates the atmosphere of 'the Toon' in those distant days when men like McWilliam, Veitch, Higgins and Shepherd walked tall. Above all, that great era is a potent reminder to the current generation of Newcastle fans that 'it doesn't need to be like this'.
David Potter has written many books on football and cricket, including Newcastle United's 50 Greatest Games and Newcastle United On This Day. He has followed them since 1955, and retains fond memories of listening on the 'wireless' to the commentary of the FA Cup Final between Newcastle United and Manchester City. Most of his books are on Celtic, but his English team remains the Magpies. He knows all about the sufferings of Newcastle fans.