All With Smiling Faces
How Newcastle became United, 1881-1910
by Paul Brown
Paperback, 240 pages, 50+ illustrations, ISBN 9780956227089
Published by Goal Post books, September 2014
All With Smiling Faces is a Victorian and Edwardian history of Newcastle United. Covering the club's first 30 years, from foundation in 1881 to FA Cup triumph in 1910, the book explores how Newcastle became successful and built up its loyal support. The title is taken from the lyrics of Blaydon Races, the Tyneside music hall song that shares its Victorian heritage with Newcastle United and is still sung at St James’ Park today. The cover features an exclusive painting by football artist Paine Proffitt.
The book, written by Victorian Football Miscellany author Paul Brown, is out now in paperback, limited edition hardback, and eBook. You can find more information, images, extracts and interactive content at the book's dedicated website www.allwithsmilingfaces.co.uk.
From the cover: "How did Newcastle become United? When was the club formed, and where did it play before moving to St James’ Park? Who were the men who built the club, and how did they turn it into the most successful club in the country? What was it like to support Newcastle in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and why has the bond between the club and its fans remained so strong?
All With Smiling Faces takes a wander through Newcastle’s early history to discover how the club came to mean so much to so many. Covering the first 30 years, from its foundation as Stanley FC in 1881 to the triumphant FA Cup win in 1910, the book visits the grounds, meets the players, mingles with the fans, and relives the matches that made Newcastle United."
Among the key facts revealed in the book are the following:
“A fantastic new book which charts the club’s early years and meteoric rise in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.” – Newcastle Chronicle
Ladies of Tyneside, A perfect Xmas gift for your fella is the book 'all with smiling faces' By @paulbrownUK
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— antanddec (@antanddec) December 3, 2014
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It's available from Amazon.co.uk at the sale price of £10 (
RRP £12.99), and from Amazon stores worldwide.