The Far Corner : A Mazy Dribble Through North East Football Paperback
A book in which Wilf Mannion rubs shoulders with The Sunderland Skinhead: recollections of Len Shakleton blight the lives of village shoppers: and the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle is celebrated by a man in a leather stetson, crooning 'For The Good Times' to the accompaniment of a midi organ, THE FAR CORNER is a tale of heroism and human frailty, passion and the perils of eating an egg mayonnaise stottie without staining your trousers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, 8 b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/08/1995
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9780349108377
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Review by MiaCulpa
I know sweet FA about soccer and my level of interest in it is even less. So a book about minor league soccer in the northeast of England would not normally go on my "to read" list. Harry Pearson however shows himself to be a raconteur who can make the travails of Bishop Auckland Football Club, the Durham Aged Miners Cup and Hughie Gallacher, to name just a few, interesting.In addition to good storytelling, "The Far Corner" also led me to keep my UK Ordnance survey maps at hand, as I thumbed through it to find where on earth Axwell Park Colliery Welfare, Esh Winning and Framwellgate Moor and other unlikely named places were. All in pretty much the same place, by Australian standards, I discovered.