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Siberian Gangsters, Lap Dancing Clubs and Newcastle United

8 years ago

The Mag is packed with writing talent and somebody who was there in the early days has returned; Howard Linskey is now a bestselling author and he has returned to give a uniquely entertaining perspective of juggling a stellar career AND supporting Newcastle United.

The full interview is in our new issue (order details below) and it is absolutely cracking, Howard did go on a bit though and we couldn’t quite fit it all in and so we bring you these extras below.

Is there any difference in your love for Newcastle United and the City of Newcastle, or are they one and the same?

I think over time they became inextricably linked. I started with a love for the club, because my Uncle Neil went to games in the seventies and brought me back the programmes and rosettes from the two Wembley finals. I was hooked on the black and whites from that point really. The city was always a place I gravitated to as well, because it had the big shops when I was a kid. Later it was the atmosphere of the match that attracted me and, later still, the night life that drew me back to the city.  I can honestly say that some of the best nights out in my life have happened in Newcastle. You just can’t beat the atmosphere of either the city or the ground.

In your ‘literary’ world, what have been the most extreme/amusing reactions when people have discovered you are a football fan?

I was at ‘Crimefest’ in Bristol in May. After my panel, I had a drink with a crime critic, Mike Stafford, who likes my books and is a Sheffield Wednesday fan. We were with a PR Manager who heard I was from Ferryhill and she said ‘That’s south of the Tyne, which means you are really a Mackem.’ I obviously disputed this but she continued with it so, without thinking, I said ‘why don’t you just accuse me of being a paedophile while you are at it?’. A few days later Mike wrote this in his piece about Crimefest, which made me laugh……

“I was fortunate enough to be bought a pint by none other than Howard Linskey, writer of the David Blake series. True to the crime writing mould, he’s a warm and friendly bloke – although when Head of Zeus’s Publicity Manager Becci Sharpe suggested that geographically he should be a Mackem, he did express a certain horror. For a die-hard Newcastle man, it turns out even the sex offenders’ register would be a less shameful place to find yourself than the home end at the Stadium of Light.”

If you were asked to write a screenplay on Newcastle United, what would you call it and which actors would you have taking the leading parts?

I’d base it on ‘Get Carter’ and call it ‘Get Ashley’ or maybe we could remake that eighties Schwarzeneger movie ‘The Running Man’ and put Lambeezy, Kinnear and Ashley in the arena, so they could be hunted down. We wouldn’t need actors, they could play themselves. It would be cheaper, which ironically Ashley would appreciate while he was  running for his life. Maybe we could borrow that other good film title, ‘Run Fatboy Run.’

You can also visit Howard’s very own website at…

This special issue of The Mag is a must have and along with special Silver Anniversary features we bring you the very best coverage of what is happening NOW at our great club, the best team of NUFC writers giving it their all.



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