SuperMac is the compelling story of one of the great football icons of the 1970s. As his nickname suggests, Malcolm Macdonald blasted his way to stardom with a prodigious talent for scoring goals, lots of them.
As a youngster at Fulham he quickly came to respect and admire Bobby Robson, who was his manager at Craven Cottage. At Luton Town he learned how to score goals consistently and came face to face with the comic genius of Eric Morecambe. At Newcastle United he was quickly idolised by the Toon Army and his 95 goals in 187 league games gained him a place in the pantheon of great Magpie strikers alongside Hughie Gallacher, Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer. At Arsenal there was continued superstar status but also a crippling knee injury that eventually brought a premature end to a glittering career. Short-lived managerial spells at Fulham and Huddersfield Town were, in different ways, unsatisfactory.
Along the way the strong-minded and opinionated Macdonald won admirers and detractors alike. There was a profound personality clash at Fulham with the senior professional and England international Johnny Haynes. And Supermacs international career was seriously curtailed by Don Revies apparent personal dislike of the left-footed striking sensation.
Macdonalds wilderness years embraced several ill-advised business ventures, bankruptcy, two broken marriages and alcohol addiction. But he is now back on top form, enjoying his fresh start on Tyneside, and being as outspoken, and popular, as ever.