All With Smiling Faces

All With Smiling Faces

How Newcastle became United, 1881-1910
By Paul Brown
Paperback, ISBN 9780956227089
Also available on Kindle and iTunes

“I loved it!” – Ant McPartlin

How did Newcastle become United? When was the club formed, and where did it play before moving to St James’ Park? Who were the men who built the club, and how did they turn it into the most successful club in the country? What was it like to support Newcastle in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and why has the bond between the club and its fans remained so strong?

All With Smiling Faces takes a wander through Newcastle’s early history to discover how the club came to mean so much to so many. Covering the first 30 years, from its foundation as Stanley FC in 1881 to the triumphant FA Cup win in 1910, the book visits the grounds, meets the players, mingles with the fans, and relives the matches that made Newcastle United.

The title is taken from the lyrics of Blaydon Races, the Tyneside music hall song that shares its Victorian heritage with Newcastle United and is still sung at St James’ Park today. The cover features an exclusive painting by football artist Paine Proffitt.

The book, written by Victorian Football Miscellany author Paul Brown, is out now in paperback, limited edition hardback, and eBook. You can find more information, images, extracts and interactive content at the book’s dedicated website

Among the key facts revealed in the book are the following:

  • Newcastle United was formed in 1881, eleven years before the widely-accepted date of 1892.
  • The club played at four home grounds, in Byker and Heaton, before moving to St James’ Park.
  • Originally named Stanley FC and then East End, there was no merger between East and West End.
  • The club won several trophies before 1892, plus three League titles and the FA Cup before 1910.
  • Newcastle’s black and white colours are inherited from an ancient Northumberland plaid.
  • The forgotten grounds of Newcastle United – How the fledgling Magpies played at four long-forgotten grounds in the East End of Newcastle – The Chronicle

    New book by Paul Brown looks at Newcastle United’s golden past – Newcastle fan was looking for something to smile about – and ended up writing a book – The Journal

    Why Newcastle United fans are among the most passionate in football – New book explores the Victorian and Edwardian roots of Newcastle’s huge and fervent fan base – The Chronicle

    All With Smiling Faces book review – How Newcastle United started out under the names Stanley FC and Newcastle East End – When Saturday Comes

    Total Sport – Author Paul Brown talks about his new Newcastle United book to Simon Pryde and John Anderson – BBC Radio Newcastle

    Product details

    Format: Paperback
    ISBN: 9780956227096
    Size: 198x129mm
    Pages: 240
    Published: September 2014
    Publisher: Goal-Post, an imprint of Superelastic
    Price: £10
    Also available on Kindle and iTunes