‘Auf Wiedersehen Boro!’
By Harriet Jackson
Tuesday 22 Dec 2009 10:56:00
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Still time to dive out into the shops and snap up this fans eye diary of the finale to last season as the three north east teams went head to head to avoid two relegation places. Three into two doesn’t go. But sadly we did.

 

Here’s what Harriet Jackson had to say about Auf Wiedersehen Lads. Available now from HMV Middlesbrough; Boro Programmes, 58 Parliament Road, Middlesbrough; W.H Smith Teesside Park; Guisborough Book shop; Book Inn, Billingham.

 

“With the 2008/09- football season drawing to a conclusion, all three top North East teams (Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough) found themselves ensconced in a fight for survival from the trapdoor of relegation to the Championship.”

 

Written by three football fanatics, the book is a really good read. It is written from completely different viewpoints; a Middlesbrough fan, a Newcastle fan and a Sunderland fan, at the end of last season and the crucial eight games run in. The three teams are arch rivals in the football world and never before has a book like this been written.

 

All three writers tell the story of their team through a day-to-day dairy account. It tells everything from Alan Shearer’s move to management to what they ate for tea the night before; theoretically of course. Barry Hindmarch from Newcastle, Malcolm Robinson from Sunderland and Robert Nichols from Middlesbrough each give their own account on the events and struggles their team is going through at the time to try and win those points to climb up in the table and avoid the dreaded “r” word. The book is quite comical in the way that, one fan will say something only to have it totally contradicted in the next paragraph by a different writer.

 

The dairy begins on the 26th March and lasts all the way through until 30th May when the fate of each team was finally decided, with Malcolm Robinson, obviously on a high!

 

            Even as a 15 year old girl, I really enjoyed the book! It made me laugh and even as a Middlesbrough fan, you find yourself also very interested and sucked in to how the other two teams were feeling at this fundamental point of time in the football world. Also there are some great “Songs for the Day” which were really good listening. All in all, an extremely enjoyable read. It is very entertaining and well worth taking a little time out to read it!

 

Auf Wiedersehen Lads. Available now from HMV Middlesbrough; Boro Programmes, 58 Parliament Road, Middlesbrough; W.H Smith Teesside Park; Guisborough Book shop; Book Inn, Billingham. Costs just £10.

 

 

 



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