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Following on from his critically-acclaimed book “Touching Distance”, author Martin Hardy now introduces the second instalment, “Tunnel of Love”:
In 1996, Newcastle United were within a whisker of winning the Premier League.
That summer they broke the world transfer record to sign Alan Shearer.
Thirteen years later they went into the final game of the season at Aston Villa fighting for their future in England’s top division.
Tunnel of Love traces the dramatic fall, from the Entertainers, back to the brink of oblivion.
It recounts a first FA Cup final in nearly a quarter of a century, a European semi-final, the dramatic departure of Kevin Keegan, the inside story of Sir Bobby Robson’s exit, the highs of beating Barcelona and Manchester United, the lows of Toongate and team-mates fighting each other on the pitch at St James’ Park.
It tells of the takeover of the club by Mike Ashley as Freddy Shepherd lay seriously ill in a hospital bed.
More than anything it chronicles the unique drama and heartache of being a Newcastle United supporter.