For a hundred years Teesside was the steel capital of the world and a Labour heartland. Now, for the first time in generations, it's turning blue.
London's status as the centre of finance, culture and politics affects every other part of Britain, but nowhere more than the north-east. This is reflected in the region's football clubs, which are struggling to compete with their southern rivals.
Not too long ago, South Shields FC were down on their luck and Julio Arca was playing pub football. Having teamed up in the interim, they – and non-league football in the North East – are flying high.
He's spent 25 years as half of Britain's greatest comedy double act with lifelong writing partner, Vic Reeves.
While we all have our own ideas of what it takes to make it as a footballer, few people know how an academy works in practice. We went to Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park to find out.
Over the decades, there have been some truly shocking relegations on these shores. Man City, Middlesbrough, Leeds United – these are the sides who were too good to go down.
With the commemoration of the birth of Our Lord coming up, we have decided to get to the bottom of what Christmas is all about – football clubs selling obscene amounts of merch.
In the next part of our Premier League Review, we assess Dimitri Payet’s divine form, in sharp contrast to West Ham’s godless start to the season.
So let's just call Messi the Argentine Payet, shall we?
In the penultimate portion of our Premier League Review, we discuss the self-possessed sexiness of Everton’s Dutch saviour.
In the last of this week’s Premier League Reviews, we explore the idea that the international break is a metaphor for all human struggle.