Recent tales of Tyke Travels’ trips around Yorkshire non-League football ground has led to a spate of enquiries about whether a book is available.
Now there is! The original Soap Stars and Burst Bubbles, telling the tale of Steve Penny’s treks across the Broad Acres during the 2002/3 season, is long out of print but, thanks to those nice people at Victor Publications, it is available again on Amazon – http://tinyurl.com/TykeTravelsBook
The paperback is £10.99 with a Kindle version £9.99 and the re-released publication is proving popular, reaching No.1 in Amazon’s new football book release rankings.
The varied journey across the football fields of Yorkshire includes the multi-national squad of Premiership club Middlesbrough to the six-year-old boys of Wheldrake Junior FC playing their first game.
The book concentrates on the non-League clubs of the county, from Barnoldswick – playing in Lancashire competitions – to Easington – tucked away on Spurn Point. And from Northern League sides Marske United and Northallerton Town to the world’s oldest club, Sheffield FC, now based in Derbyshire.
Penny reports on more than 40 matches, including Harrogate Railway’s remarkable FA Cup run and Doncaster Rovers’ return to the Football League.
As well as reports and match details from every game, included are club histories and interviews with fans and club officials.
A second volume will be published as soon as we manage to complete a post-Covid season with a third re-visiting and updating clubs’ stories from the first two volumes.