A FORMER footballer who became one of Newcastle United’s star players is returning to his roots next month for the launch of his autobiography.

Black & White And Red All Over tells the story of Frank Clark, who, aged 18, played for Crook Town at Wembley in 1962 in the FA Amateur Cup Final against Hounslow.

Next year it will be 50 years since the ever reliable left back played in every game during Newcastle’s triumphant Inter-Cities Fairs Cup campaign and 40 years since he helped Nottingham Forest win the European Cup.

To mark the double-milestone, Clark has written a candid and nostalgic account of more than half a century in the game.

It tells the tale of life as a player in the 60s and 70s, working for the legendary Joe Harvey and Brian Clough, and also provides an insight into football from all angles.

Clark, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, served as player, manager and chairman, at Forest, and played 486 League and Cup games for Newcastle.

Fans have the chance to pre-order a copy of the book, guaranteeing their names are recorded forever in the Valued Supporters section.

It is being launched at two events in Crook on Wednesday, October 24.

There will be an informal session at Café J’s on North Terrace in the town centre from 2pm until 3.30pm, where those who have purchased pre-sale copies can collect their books and get them signed.

In the evening, there’s an all-ticket event at Crook Town AFC where Clark will be speaking.

He said: “It’s going to be a nostalgic trip for me because we have two launch events planned for Newcastle the following day but I thought it was right that we start out at Crook.

“I owe them a lot for giving me my first chance and it will be good to give something back.”

The pre-order website closes this Sunday, September 30. To secure a copy click here or to find out more call John Phelan on 01388-768-551 after 6pm. Alternatively email john.mphelan@yahoo.co.uk