The MFC Foundation have launched a new children’s book, ‘The Bridge That George Built’, which will be hitting the shelves at the MFC retail store on Tuesday October 23.
Written by author Rachael Wong, and illustrated by Ann-Marie Anderson, the book follows the story of a young boy called George and his grumpy granddad, who share one same passion, Middlesbrough FC.
Not only does the book encourage inter-generational links with nods to Boro greats such as Wilf Mannion and Brian Clough, it also looks to instill a sense of pride in children about the history of Teesside. Look out for sister Leila’s little blue rabbit, Hercules, which is named after the famous Gladstone quote about the ‘Infant Hercules’.
The book is also being used as an educational tool to encourage dads to spend more time reading to children, with the book highly anticipated to be as much fun for parents as it will be for the children!
With the foreword written by Chairman Steve Gibson, and supported by a quote from George Friend, ‘The Bridge That George Built’ is definitely the must-have children’s book for any Boro-mad families this Christmas.
Books will cost just £4.99, and will go on sale on Tuesday October 23, the same night that the Boro host Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship.
All of the proceeds from the book will go directly to the MFC Foundation, the club’s official independent charitable arm, to help support their life-changing programmes for both children and adults right across Teesside.
Local author Rachael Wong said: “Growing up on Teesside in the 1970s, my brother and I used to go and watch the Boro with our dad and granddad, just like the children in this book.
“We quickly understood that supporting the Boro was about a lot more than football. In writing this book, I wanted to reflect the sense of family and community which comes through football, and to write something that all generations of Boro supporters would enjoy reading together.
“I also wanted to support the amazing work MFC Foundation does in my home town and the bridges it continues to build for the people of Teesside.”
A perfect stocking filler for any child, make sure you pick up your copy in time for Christmas!