Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 9 Comments
Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

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 …

Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Book Review, Great Teams | No Comments
Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

The Sum of the Parts by Jon Keen
Published by Mickle Press
2016, £20.49

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 …

Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

The Game of our Lives by David Goldblatt
Published by Penguin
2015, £7.99

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 …

Book Review: When Football Came Home

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: When Football Came Home

When Football Came Home by Michael Gibbons
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £12.99

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 …

Book Review: Living on the Volcano

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Living on the Volcano

Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Published by Century
2015, £7.99

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 …

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