The thing that I love about blogging is that it normally requires a certain amount of research and with the introduction of the internet, information on all sorts of things is more readily available than ever before. But in some cases, precious little data can be found which makes the subject in question a lot more interesting, as in the case of the immortal Colin Veitch. Now unless you are bit of football aficionado the chances are that you will have never heard of the highly gifted and very fascinating Mr Veitch. Born in the Heaton area of Newcastle, this talented Heatonian first came to notice when attending the city’s Rutherford College where his interests were not just confined to football, where Veitch flourished as a scholar excelling in a variety of subjects. The first captain of Newcastle Schools, Veitch signed for Newcastle United in the summer of 1899 and became part of Newcastle United’s greatest ever side, a team, which would dominate football during the Edwardian era winning the league championship on three occasions and appearing in six FA cup finals but winning it only once in 1910 when they beat Barnsley after a replay. A man with strong socialist sympathies, Veitch scandalously won only six caps for England, a disappointment that one cannot help but think that this rather limited international career, may have been severely hampered by his involvement in the players union which, in 1909 took industrial action against the FA. Veitch should have gained a lot more than a paltry six caps but typically of the FA at that time or any other time for that matter, the FA allowed their air of superiority to impair their judgement and they looked the other way when it came to selecting a genuine genius of a player again, a player so good that he could play with equal brilliance in any position on the park with the exception of goalkeeper. Retiring in 1914 at the onset of the First World War Veitch served in France reaching the level of 2nd Lieutenant before returning home to re-join Newcastle United working in various capacities, he stayed at the club till 1926 where he was unceremoniously sacked. After spending a brief spell as manager at Bradford City he returned to his beloved Newcastle to work as a journalist on the Evening Chronicle, his outspoken views on his former club would see him being banned from the press box at his former club. Not that would bother Veitch too much, unlike your average footballer at that particular time that could often be seen to fall on hard times; the academic Veitch had wide range of diverse interests immersing himself in the arts and politics. The labour party begged him to stand for parliament an offer which he politely declined, choosing to spend his time moving in literary circles, befriending amongst others, George Bernard Shaw,Veitch was also a founding member of the Peoples Theatre in Heaton where often performed on the stage alongside his actress wife Minnie. Veitch is one of the most fascinating player I have ever come across but, in all honesty the amount of information available about charismatic Veitch is fairly small and limited, which is tragedy became if ever a footballer deserved legendary status this is the man. Everything that I read about has led me to conclude that despite his outstanding sporting accomplishments I really think that he should have stood to become a member of parliament as a Labour MP and who knows what he could have achieved championing the working man. Unfortunately there is no monument or statue outside of St James Park to recognise his achievements only a small plaque at 1 Stratford Villas in Heaton where he lived while playing for Newcastle United which is rather sad because for man of his stature, there should be monument like Nelson’s column, modern day players bigger house and a lot more money than the accomplished Mr Veitch but they are nowhere near as talented.