Issue 1 – August 1988

Three world class players had left the region they called home, it makes you cry thinking what could have been with Beardsley, Waddle and Gascoigne.

The Mag’s way of dealing with it was to make an ironic joke of the situation but nobody was laughing. We attributed a made up quote to then Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, which has spooky relevance twenty three years on.

How bizarre that all of these years later Dalglish is back in the Anfield hotseat (following a ‘less than successful’ period up here) and once more raiding St.James’ Park. Time will only tell whether the loss of Carroll and Enrique will get close to Peter Beardsley’s departure but then that particular Geordie tale had a happy ending as the prodigal son made a glorious return.

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