by Martin Hardy
Penned as a follow up to the acclaimed Touching Distance, Martin Hardy’s Tunnel of Love is another study in the heartache of being a Newcastle United Supporter. Beginning with the marquee signing of Alan Shearer in 1996, Tunnel of Love reflects on a dramatic 13 year period following Newcastle’s near title winning campaign in 1995/96. It takes in unforgettable nights at St James’ Park- the beating of Barcelona and the apparent taming of Manchester United. Although by its conclusion, Newcastle are fighting to remain in the Premier League as they head to Villa Park on the final day of the 2008/09 season. As any reader of The Sunday Times will testify, Hardy possesses a masterful knowledge of the beautiful game which is something that translates well into these pages. The perfect gift for Christmas.