Book Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy
by Richard Foster
Published by Ockley Books
2017

It was entirely remiss of us not to have reviewed Richard Foster’s The Agony and the Ecstasy on its initial release in 2015, so the appearance of a recent new edition from the brilliant Ockley Books has thankfully given us the opportunity to rectify that.

Not to be confused with a good collection of essays released …

Book Review: The Illustrated History of Football

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: The Illustrated History of Football

The Illustrated History of Football
by David Squires
Published by Century
2017

First of all, something of an admission – I don’t really do cartoons. Ever since my first week at university and the promise of a ‘Graphic Novel’ option as part of my English Literature degree, I ran an almost literal mile and hid in a store cupboard with a well-thumbed copy of Vanity Fair – the Thackeray …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | No Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

As part of my piece on mental health and elite football posted on this site on Tuesday, I outlined some of the key stressors characteristic of the tough, intensely pressurised and volatile world of the professional game. However, my analysis largely skirted around arguably the most significant stressor – though it did so deliberately, with this post (and Rob’s review of Alan Gernon’s Retired) in mind. My intention …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Retired by Alan Gernon
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £9.99

As we have established over our series of articles this week, footballers and football supporters are by no means exempt from the fact that a quarter of people suffer from mental health disorders. That these conditions are established as illnesses is also undeniable and great strides have been made in in recent years to help the wider public recognise …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | 3 Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Last Wednesday, with this article already taking shape, it was revealed that Everton winger Aaron Lennon had been detained by police under the Mental Health Act. The Merseyside club subsequently confirmed that the former Spurs player was “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”. The news itself, as well as the way it was reported, discussed and (in some instances) appallingly misrepresented in the media, brought into …

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