Writer to talk about his new United book

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A north east sports writer is to talk about his newest book looking at a golden period in Newcastle United’s history.

Martin Hardy spent a year writing Touching Distance which looks at the build-up to, and including, the 1995/96 season when the Magpies almost won the Premier League.

The book has received glowing reviews from fans and former players, and is currently top of the charts on Amazon.

Martin, of Whitley Bay, will be joined by former United winger Keith Gillespie to talk about the book at 42nd Street, East Parade, Whitley Bay, on Friday, August 14.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £10, including a pie and pea supper. They are available from 07742 936570.

Keith said: “It will be great to come back and see all the fans again and relive those days. It’s still so special whenever I come back.”

He added: “It’s so important to do that when you change clubs, to get the fans on your side, and I felt I did that straight away when I joined Newcastle. As for settling in, not a problem whatsoever.

“I remember the first Saturday night after I signed I hit the Quayside for the first time. I was just in complete shock at what was going on. I thought, I’ve made the right move here! It was incredible.

“We started the season and we were flying. The beauty was in the simplicity of it all.

“Kevin was just an incredible motivator, the best man-manager I’ve ever had. He could make you feel like the best player in the world, just by one sentence.

“The time when we were flying, the team talks were two minutes. It was more or less, “Same again”. We had a very settled team. You weren’t changing players all the time. He was superb.

“It was just a great time. There was so much bounce about the whole place. Three or four games in you could feel the place rocking.”