The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Middlesbrough

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Health Checks, Ownership | 2 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Middlesbrough

For the latest in our Health Checks series of posts, we welcome back TTU stalwart, Mike Baker, author of a consistently excellent series of posts over the years and for whom Middlesbrough Football Club are his particular obsession. Mike is on Twitter at @mikeb196

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Since going down in 2009 Middlesbrough have returned to the top flight once, a single sorry season that exposed us as lacking the quality …

The State of Play at Leyton Orient

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The State of Play at Leyton Orient

With the 2019-20 season scarcely underway, it seems fitting on so many levels that our first Football League related post of the new campaign should focus on Leyton Orient. Back in the 92 after two seasons away, the east Londoners have been assailed by the worst imaginable news in the wake of their promotion to League 2, with manager Justin Edinburgh passing away in June. Here, newcomer to the …

Book Review: Das Reboot

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Book Review: Das Reboot

To assess a book half a decade after it first appeared isn’t really playing fair of course. Raphael Honigstein’s much cited assessment of the organisational revolution that swept German football in the wake of dismal showings in the European Championships of 2000 and 2004, culminating in World Cup victory in Brazil in 2014, remains a persuasive read but any celebratory account will always be at the mercy of hubris …

Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces
by Jonathan Wilson
Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
2016

Few footballing countries can be as fascinating as Argentina. Rich success has been accompanied by ignominious failure, perceived dastardliness on and off the pitch, legendary matches and a cast of characters that have truly enriched the game. It’s a nation the football culture of which is perhaps its defining characteristic. Football is often the first thing …

Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

Ticket to the Moon
by Richard Sydenham
Published by De Coubertin Books
2018

On May 26th 1982, Aston Villa, the club I’ve supported since my football awakening during Italia ’90, won the actual European Cup. In doing so, they became one of only five English clubs to triumph in the competition. Two weeks after this monumental moment, I was born, having missed the greatest achievement of my beloved team …

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