In 2012 and 2013 Mark Cowan meandered and wandered round soccer at nearly each point within the North-east of britain. His trip takes within the Teesside League, Wearside League, Northern League, Northern greatest League, nationwide League and best League, overlaying all levels of England's specialist leagues. From packed out stadia at St James' Park and the Stadium of sunshine to almost empty grounds the place the gamers and officers nearly outnumbered the paying public, the tale muses over the function that soccer performs in a former business panorama the place the ghosts of heavy are nonetheless current, if no longer bodily then nonetheless within the psyche of locals and the settlements they inhabit.

“Imaginative, pleasing and punctiliously measured. Mark Cowan has performed his background homework and luxuriate in the wealthy probabilities of the English Language” (Mike Amos, Grass Routes blog)

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