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Played in Tyne and Wear: Charting the Heritage of People at Play (Played in Britain)


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It used to be said that whenever a football (UK) manager needed a goal scorer, all he had to do was travel to the North East of England, call down a mineshaft and up would pop a centre forward. But while the careers of Alan Shearer, Raich Carter, Bobby Robson, Brian Clough and Jackie Milburn all attest to the famous description of the North East as 'the hotbed of football', the region's miners and shipbuilders were just as likely to be formidable boxers, rowers, runners, cricketers or pigeon-racers. In Played on Tyne and Wear, the 16th book in English Heritage's groundbreaking Played in Britain series, architectural historian Lynn Pearson guides the reader on an intimate tour of the area's sporting treasures, from the site of the celebrated Blaydon Races in Newcastle to a cockfighting pit in Tynemouth, and from the cantilevered heights of Sunderland's Stadium of Light to the homespun delights of Britain's only listed pigeon cree in Ryhope. On Newcastle's Town Moor - one of the great open spaces of urban Britain - Pearson traces the path of the Toon's old racecourse and the haunts of strong-armed pot-share bowlers (whose mathces drew tens of thousands of gamblers in the 19th century), while an echo from the other side of the Moor recalls the smoky clamour of the 5,000 capacity St James' Hall, where the likes of 'Seaman' Tommy Watson and Jack Casey 'the Sunderland Assassin' drew massive crowds between the wars. The River Tyne itself has witnessed many an epic rowing battle, not least featuring the legendary oarsman Harry Clasper, whose funeral drew an estimated 100,000 to the streets in 1870. More recently the likes of Brendan Foster and Steve Cram have continued the North East's reputation for great athletes and for great events, such as the Great North Run and the now annual Gateshead Grand Prix. Lesser known gems from the Victorian era include the Ashbrooke sports ground in Sunderland, a real tennis court at Jesmnd, and a handball wall in Wallsend, while the region is dotted with charming bowls and tennis pavilions, golf courses and cricket grounds. Profusely illustrated with archive images, specially commissioned contemporary photography and detailed mapping, Pearson's study may not get Geordies and Mackems to bury the past, but it shows they have sporting heritage aplenty to share as neighbours.

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Part of a series on regional sports culture and history, this small colorful volume focuses on the rich sporting life and legacy of Tyne and Wear, a county in the far northeast of England. Divided into sections covering each local town and city, sports facilities such as stadiums and racetracks and individual sports played in the area, this volume presents color photographs with narrative descriptions documenting the football heroes, pigeon racers, best cricket grounds and historical rivalries of the county. Pearson is an author and sportsman living in Newcastle upon Tyne. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Pearson, Lynn
English Heritage
Pearson, Lyn
Europe - Great Britain - General
World History-England General
Played in Britain
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