Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf is a lifelong football fan with a particular passion for Sunderland AFC. Born in Co Durham in 1959, he now lives in Halifax in West Yorkshire. Mark works as a freelance journalist, particularly for The Big Issue in the North, Backpass football magazine and the various publications of the trade union, Unite, including The Landworker.  He is the author of four other football books: Charlie Hurley ‘The Greatest Centre Half the World has Ever Seen’, Manchester United’s First Championship, The FA Cup 50 Years On and Total Football – Sunderland 1935–37.

The FA Cup 50 Years on

It’s difficult to believe these days but 50 years ago the FA Cup final was the one match every player at an English club wanted to play in. There were stories that some players threw away their chances in the league in order to maximise their chances in the cup.…

Charlie Hurley

Charlie Hurley was not only a great player, he was one of the characters who illuminated football in the 1950s and ’60s. His story will attract great coverage in the papers as he tells of clashes with another footballing great, Jim Baxter, his disputes with the board at Reading when…