My Second Team: Dundee United

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in My Second Team | 4 Comments
My Second Team: Dundee United

In this, the first My Second Team series post that we’ve published since December 2016, Matthew Graham makes his Two Unfortunates debut with an overview of the hows, whys and wherefores of his support for Dundee United.

For the best part of a decade now I’ve lived in cities far away from The Hawthorns, my spiritual footballing home. In these long periods away from Birmingham, the very thought …

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 …

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