VeitchWhat promises to be a fascinating talk by Chris Goulding, will take place at The Corner House on Wednesday 25 September at 7.00pm. The talk will look at the remarkable life of social activist and Newcastle United’s most successful ever captain, Colin Veitch.

Arguably the greatest player ever to take the field for Newcastle United, Veitch was a versatile and charismatic captain as well as an innovative tactician, whose use of the offside tactic was so successful that on alighting from a train at Newcastle Central Station an opposition player, on hearing a train whistle, was overheard to remark, with dismay that he thought he must be offside already!  Vietch was also an early campaigner for the professionalisation of the game and a pioneer of the footballers union..

His life off the pitch was varied and thought-provoking. Veitch involved himself in politics, trade unionism, theatre, journalism and served his country during the First World War. It can be said that, ”Veitch’s extraordinary story sheds fascinating sidelight on life, sport and culture on Tyneside during the first half of the Twentieth century.”

As the Heaton History Group website states, “Heaton History Group and Chris Goulding have campaigned for a commemorative plaque to be displayed on Colin Veitch’s former home in Heaton. We are delighted to be able to announce that this has now been approved. Details of the site, generous supporters and the timetable for the unveiling will be announced soon. STOP PRESS 25 September, to coincide with our talk, has now been pencilled in and the Lord Mayor has it in her diary. Perfect! Confirmation and more details soon.”

Booking for the talk is open. Entry is free for members. The non-members’ price is £2. Contact Maria Graham (0191 215 0821 / 07763 985656).