I’ve just sat and read through nearly 80,000 words charting the history of Gateshead Thunder’s rugby league club from November 1999 (when, for the uninitiated, our Super League side was... er... let’s say “uprooted” and generously given to Hull FC) through to September 2002.
The intervening months saw the formation of a brand new club (or should that read “clubs” – plural), an incredibly intense period of off-field politics and drama matched by equally tough times on the pitch.
Apart from today, I’ve probably flicked through the book once in the past decade, but even though I was reading my own words (something I knew because so many were spelt wrong), the memories of that time came flooding back, as did the emotional highs and lows (and a few more lows) that seem to have followed this fantastic club since its creation.
Buoyed by interest from both the club and the supporters’ club, I am planning on publishing this 280 page volume in the hope that others may want to relive a story that was researched and written at the time, but has never really been told. So many things have changed since 2002 – I don’t live in Gateshead anymore for one; but my love for the club has certainly stood the test of time – as have many friendships forged on the rugby league terraces.
I’m aiming to try and have the finished book ready for publication sometime in mid-March. Any comments (or even pre-orders!!!) are
always welcome but I will end this blog the same way I end the book – if there is to be a Gateshead Thunder history from 2003 onwards, somebody else will have to write it!
All my own work... almost.