Boro Collaborator Auf Wiedersehen
By Rob Nichols
Tuesday 13 Oct 2009 15:32:00
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Towards the end of last season I was a collaborator. Even as we went into a head to head battle with the Geordies and the Mackems for survival I was working with the enemy. Apparently. Well, that’s what they thought because really I was a double agent sending back precious information. Exposing weaknesses. Working on small fissures and opening them up into stress fractures. I can now for the first time uncover my role in our sadly doomed Premier survival plan in the book Auf Wiedersehen Lads.


Just published this week Auf Wiedersehen Lads is a day by day diary kept through the gripping final stages of the Premier relegation dogfight. The stakes were high, not just being top dog in the north east but survival in the national spotlight was in jeopardy.


Two months out from the final game of the season I was asked to keep a diary by Sunderland fan Malcolm Robinson. He and Newcastle supporter Barry Hindmarch had embarked in a project to plot a fans-eye perspective on one of the most tense and frenetic season finales ever in the north east. If it hadn’t have been for the ineptitude of Tony Mowbray managed West Brom all three of us might well have fallen through the trap door. Everything was to play for. I couldn’t let the side down. Though if you read my side of the story I did throw the towel in, twice but was talked round to completing the task later.


Semi seriously speaking, Malcolm Robinson, Barry Hindmarch and myself had never met before (we met for the first time last week). We didn’t know what each other were writing. But we each recognised that it might represent some small slice of social history in recording our thoughts and feelings as fans with all our clubs in peril. This isn’t some one step removed view from the press box. I’m there at every match. Malcolm is an exile away with the army, his sufferance is waiting for results via Sky Sports.


I’ve been able to include a couple of interviews I did with players during that slide to doom. We’ve also persuaded a Hull City fan, Ben Sandall to give a last day perspective from the Humber side of things. I wonder whether he would have swapped survival for Phil Brown’s singing?


Anything else? Yes it’s £10 to buy.

Available from EBAY, AMAZON. Out now.

For more details etc have a look on our website






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