The Boys from the Black Country


Book Details


Mark Gold




Jan 21 2013



About The Author

Mark Gold

Mark Gold watched his first FA Cup Final on television as a seven-year-old in 1960 - the last time Wolves won the trophy. He has been hooked ever since! His previous football book, Under A Wanderers Star - Forty pain-filled years following the Wolves (2002) was widely praised for light-heartedly capturing the hopes and frustrations experienced by many Wolves supporters over the decades.
He is also the author of five other books, including a novel Cranks And Revolutions (2008) and Living Without Cruelty (1988), voted by The Observer as one of the top green books of the period.
Mark also works for Animal Aid and Citizens Advice. He now lives in Devon.

Wolverhampton Wanderers is one of English football’s great clubs. In the 1950s they were the Manchester United of their day, hugely successful and feared by all. They have suffered since like all clubs from smaller cities. They managed a period of renaissance in the seventies before falling into the third tier in the eighties. They went back to the Premier League only to drop out again and fight relegation from the championship in 2012-2013.
The book tells the history of the club from its Victorian origins as a founder member of the Football League to the current day, concentrating on the quirky and combining factual passages with humour. So, for example, the club’s first FA Cup Final appearance at the Oval in 1889 is told in the style of cricket commentary by Henry Blofeld and Geoffrey Boycott. But there is also perceptive historical analysis, plus an attempt to give a wider social context to the different eras.
In adding music and local flavour to the book, Mark Gold has made it more entertaining while retaining its serious purpose. Gold believes that the current vogue for adding humour to history helps to bring the subject alive for the many people who don’t have an academic interest in learning about the past.
The title relates to an enduring popular chant among Wolves supporters, sung to the tune of Lord of the Dance. It will be recognised by all fans.
Now Mark Gold has added to his history. He takes in the sacking of manager Mick McCarthy and the farce of naming his successor, followed by the slide from the Premier League to the Championship.