Mark Melcalf

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.

Stan Anderson

Born in the Durham mining village of Horden, Stan Anderson didn’t go far from home in a playing career that spanned more than 500 games. He was a midfield player with Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, the north east’s big three. And he was the only player to captain them…