From EFL to EDL: Far Right Extremism’s Pollution of Football

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in The Argument | No Comments
From EFL to EDL: Far Right Extremism’s Pollution of Football

As readers of this website will know, we provide vigorous support of football fans’ power for good and in this, hope to have followed in the footsteps of organisations such as the Football Supporters Federation, Supporters Direct and the editorial line of When Saturday Comes among others.

But occasionally, there can be a reminder of how the sport can become entangled in something altogether less appetising, not to …

Book Review: Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager

Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager
by Ian Herbert
Published by Bloomsbury
2018

Before Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield in mid-January, the Kop’s mosaic celebrated what would have been Bob Paisley’s hundredth birthday and it’s worthwhile to begin by recollecting his achievements at Liverpool. In a 9 year managerial spell from 1974-83 he won 6 league championships, 3 European cups, 1 UEFA cup, 3 …

The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Port Vale

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Health Checks | 3 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Port Vale

Having kicked off our new Health Checks series at the end of 2018 with Paul Wilkinson’s excellent account of the past, present and future of Crewe Alexandra, we are pleased to welcome back a stalwart of the Two Unfortunates’ decade long history, Tom Bourne. Here, Tom runs the rule over fortunes at Port Vale while he can be followed on twitter at @thethomasbourne.

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When asked by …

Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Book Review | 2 Comments
Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

Born to be a Baggie
by Dean Walton
Published by Amberley Publishing
2016

What does it mean to be a football fan? The question is perhaps best answered in pictures, rather than words, which is what Dean Walton has done in ‘Born to be a Baggie: a pictorial history of West Bromwich Albion fans’.

The book centres on Walton’s beloved Black Country team, and the trials and triumphs of …

Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Black Boots & Football Pinks
by Daniel Gray
Published by Bloomsbury
2018

Daniel Gray’s last book, Saturday 3pm was a delight. A paean to the game, the fact that a whole chapter was devoted to the wonder of Jimmy Armfield bought it my vote from the off and the idea of fifty short essays on what makes football so special, packaged in a beautifully bijou jacketed book proved to …

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