Two summers ago, I stood on the stoop of a pub in Oxford and was interviewed over the telephone by the We Are Going Up podcast about the proposals to introduce reserve teams of Premier League clubs into the Football League.
Met with a volley of outbursts and snorts as it was, the idea was given short shrift in most quarters (aside from Mark Warburton – a man who …
The Sum of the Parts by Jon Keen
Published by Mickle Press
Records set outside the uppermost levels of football usually gain no more than a footnote in the record books and rarely enter the consciousness outside of the fan base of the clubs which have set them. Ten years on from posting a new highest points total for the second tier of English football aka the …
The Game of our Lives by David Goldblatt
Published by Penguin
The Game of Our Lives scooped the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and deservedly so – for this is an all-encompassing overview of the socio-cultural background to British football over the past few decades. In this, it presents a far fuller picture than David Goldblatt’s previous Futebol Nation, released to coincide …
When Football Came Home by Michael Gibbons
Published by Pitch Publishing
In June this year, Henry Winter will publish Fifty Years of Hurt , a volume that will use England’s 1966 World Cup victory as a springboard to examine the fortunes of the national XI over the subsequent half century.
We’ll have to wait and see as to whether Winter can manage to get through the exercise …
Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Published by Century
Michael Calvin stands apart from the main crowd of football journalists in the United Kingdom. His previous book, The Nowhere Men was a fascinating expose of that unsung breed, club scouts; often more familiar with Watford Gap services than Watford FC.
That his next project has seen him turn his attention to club managers at first …