Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Puskas and the Geordie Football Fan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Puskas and the Geordie Football Fan

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Byline: 2015 45 FOOTBALL John GIBSON

IT'S an odd, unlikely but fascinating pairing in many ways.

Ferenc Puskas, a true soccer legend of awesome ability, and Matthew Watson-Broughton, a Geordie and Newcastle United fanatic.

Puskas is, according to the title of the latest biography about him, "the most famous Hungarian ever" which is probably not over stated so how does a lad of Newcastle soil become the English translator and editor of a book revealing the true depth of achievement by a man who faced exile after the Hungarian Revolution? I've known Matthew for a wee while and his story in itself is as colourful as a kaleidoscope.

"I was born in Newcastle General and brought up in Ponteland," he told me. "My dad put a rugby ball in my cot but I became a Magpie fan - my first season on the terraces was 88-89 when we were relegated!

"My links with Hungary began when I was attending Newcastle University and took part in a sixmonth exchange programme. I thought I would go to Budapest because that's where United lifted the European Fairs Cup against Ujpest Dozsa and I applied to work in the Hungarian FA Press department between studies.

"They were delighted to have someone who could help with the English language and I found myself at the 50th anniversary dinner of Hungary's famous 6-3 victory over England at Wembley. Puskas was the king pin of course and though by now he had some health problems he was there and I had my photograph taken with him."

Incredibly Matthew met a Hungarian girl within two hours of touching down in Budapest. They are now married and have a two month old baby. Who said Geordies aren't quick workers? He has graduated to working for the Puskas Institute and Academy which is how he came to translate the new book on Hungary's soccer superstar. The author Gyorgy Szollosi was head of the FA Press department when Watson-Broughton first arrived on the banks of the Danube. …

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