My latest story on metro.co.uk is now up!
Entitled “Is Kinnear scouting Ferguson a Sunderland spoof?” or alternatively “Did the Joe Kinnear scouting Shane Ferguson story come from a mischievous Sunderland fan?” (they seem to think that two titles are better than one over there), it originally had the same title as this piece but never mind, at least I’m getting paid!
Anyway, in it I take a look for the origins of Alan Oliver’s laughable story about Joe Kinnear allegedly going to watch Birmingham City’s League Cup victory over Swansea and asking about signing Shane Ferguson. Of course, as Kinnear and all Toon fans know perfectly well already, he is already a Newcastle United player who is currently on loan at the Midlands club.
This story was subsequently copied and further embroidered by other reporters with more quotes from “sources,” and even “Directors” from Birmingham according to the Express (utter tosh). However, I had read it already as a rumour circulating around one or two fan message boards weeks before Oliver’s story and though no more about it. So, I thought I would look again for the oldest reference I could find to it.
But you can read the story for yourself to see what I found by following the link below!