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Author remembers the forgotten footballer 


Author and frequent visitor to Tenerife, John Riddle, has launched the first of his two new books in time for Christmas.

The subject of “Man of Honour – The Forgotten Footballer” is former Hartlepool United midfielder John Honour who played more than 100 times for the club and now lives in Puerto Colon.

The book traces John Honour’s life from the muddy fields of Horden where he and his four brothers played, including “Mr. Hartlepool United” Brian Honour, to the golden beaches of Puerto Colon.

John Riddle told our reporter, “I wanted to write about a player, one of the millions of forgotten men, who never reached the dizzy heights of the Premier League and give readers some insight into the grassroots of the beautiful game”.

The foreword for the limited edition book has been written by John Honour’s friend, Asa Hartford of Manchester City and Scotland.

But the book isn’t just about football it about life as Mr. Riddle explained.

“I try to weave different aspects of life into my books and in John Honour’s case have included tin baths in front of a coal fire, the primitive toilet facilities including cutting up newspapers to use as toilet paper, long before Andrex and even a fire at the Victoria Ground, as it was in those days”.

This year John Riddle has produced books on “A history of Hartlepool Transport”, “Hartlepool Pubs”, “The Destiny of Sir William Gray’s Ships” and one called “Extra Time” about sports stars in prison and he is officially retired!

John explained, “When you retire it doesn’t mean you have to stagnate. I know I am not a famous author, my books will never sell millions, but I enjoy writing, it’s my hobby. All the profits from my books go to local charities and that’s good enough for me”.

Someone once said, “Everyone has a book in them” adding “in most cases that’s where it should stay”.

John Riddle obviously does not agree. “It has been suggested that not all stories are worth telling and not everyone can tell their story. I have found that people are interested in many things and if I weave into my books, history, and people, it is of interest to readers”, concluded John.

“Man of Honour – the Forgotten Footballer” is available in November direct from the author, johnriddle12@yahoo.co.uk or John Honour in the Hop and Grapes lounge bar in Puerto Colon, Tenerife.