22 June ~ We've arrived at the year 2000 in our 25-year retrospective. In WSC 159 Harry Pearson examined the idea of the north-east as a "hotbed of soccer". With Liverpool having spent a reported £55 million on just two players from the region in recent months, this assertion still holds true

Hackneyed ideas surround north-east football as midgies do a busy picnic site. If you find them too irritating it’s best not to go out. On August 6, 1996, two of the more bloated cliches collided with a resounding splat in the Leazes car park at St James’ Park, where 15,000 fans awaited a glimpse of their new signing, Alan Shearer. Read the full article

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