Hopefully, true faith’s loyal and long-standing regular readers will agree that as well as analysing every possible element of life at Newcastle United Football Club we have a long tradition on this fanzine of getting out there and experiencing lots of different types of football be that the glamour of World Cup tournaments and international fixtures, the Champions League. domestic fixtures in foreign climes but also the local non-league scene here in the North East of England.
In the latest issue of true faith (TF 124) Tony Higgins (who covered our friendly in La Manga with Lillestrom) has provided more evidence of the scope of our football coverage by taking in two very different fixtures that could be said to be absolutely worlds apart.
Back last August Tony happened to be taking a family holiday in the Algarve when as luck would have it, he was presented with the Lisbon giants Benfica and Sporting Lisbon contesting the pre-season Super-Taca pre-season tournament trophy on his door-step.
So, there was no question that Tony and his sons were going to miss a fixture involving two of European football’s genuine aristocrats with fabulous histories and an intense rivalry.
You can read about Tony’s experiences by clicking here.
Fast forward to November last year and Tony is back on his native Tyneside visiting his relatives but with United away from home and in need of a football fix, our man in Spain decided to retrace some of his steps and paid a nostalgic trip to the International Stadium off the Felling by-pass for the Gateshead v Chester City National League fixture.
You can read Tony’s thoughts about Gateshead, town, club and this fixture as well as Gateshead High Street and the dubious pleasures of Newcastle Exhibition Ale by just clicking here.
Tony has been providing excellent coverage of Spanish football for true faith for many years and in every issue of the fanzine, you’ll usually find the kind of angles on the game in his adopted country that you just won’t read anywhere else.
Although there are undoubted attractions for those that love football in taking in the sublime skills of Messi and Ronaldo there is wall to wall coverage of those two and their clubs so Tony doesn’t bother with them anyway. What you will read in Tony’s pieces are the adventures of smaller, community clubs, the political affiliations and rivalries of those clubs but as well as that the character and identities of other clubs in La Liga most of whom loathe Real Madrid for very deep-seated and recognisable reasons.
Last year Tony had his first book published and we’ve been delighted to advertise it via true faith and we’d encourage you to read it. Its available in digital format and it is only coppers to buy. You can get it by clicking on the image enclosed. If you love discovering new football territories then I’d strongly recommend Tony’s book. There is something just a bit special about a fellow Geordie leading you through this otherwise ignored world of football in one of the world’s greatest nations playing this game of ours.
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