Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Book Pays Tribute to Loyalty of the Toon Army; Angie Keen to Reflect Passions of Everyday Fan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Book Pays Tribute to Loyalty of the Toon Army; Angie Keen to Reflect Passions of Everyday Fan

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Byline: 31, 2015 FOOTBALL EveningChron John GIBSON

WE ALL know what is by far the best, most consistent, most uplifting Tyneside football team. Now and for an awful long time.

It's the Toon Army of course, that hardy bunch of optimistic lads and lasses who live in a black and white world of promise and no fulfilment.

They have been fed on scraps for what seems like a lifetime but still 50,000 deprived souls make their way up to St James' Park every time Newcastle United do Premier League battle.

What encouragement do they get? None whatsoever.

Let us remind ourselves of some of the clubs who have won domestic silverware since United last left Wembley with anything in their kitbag way back in 1955: FA CUP: Coventry City, Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Southampton, Wimbledon, West Bromwich, West Ham, Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic, aye and Sunderland.

LEAGUE CUP: Norwich City, Birmingham, QPR, Swindon Town, Oxford United, Luton Town, Sheffield Wednesday, aye and Middlesbrough.

Two North East successes but not one Newcastle prize-giving day in the last 60 years.

Well, a long-time Newcastle fan has just brought out a new book paying tribute to the extraordinary folk who support such a well-loved club.

Angie Stanger-Leathes has been a devoted fan for more than 40 years, so much so that she has long wanted to pay homage to those who pay for the privilege of following the Geordie black-andwhite caravan wherever it may go.

Her book, which has taken five years to piece together bit by bit, is aptly called Football Passion In Black And White and it was launched amid blaring trumpets at the Strawberry pub outside of SJP this week.

I've known the lovely Angie throughout all her years of service.

She is nowadays a corporate supporter who has formed a company called Celebrity Football Passion that shares a table in the Moncur Suite on match days with the family of Sir Bobby Robson. …

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