Book Review: Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson Yeung


Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson Yeung by Daniel Ivery and Will Giles
Published by GHI HK Limited
2014, £20

The career of Carson Yeung, and his troubled reign as Birmingham City chairman, is chronicled in a colourful book by Blues blogger Daniel Ivery.

Birmingham City meet West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at St Andrews, their first meeting since 5 March 2011 – six days

Book Review: The A to Z of Football Hates


The A to Z of Football Hates by Richard C. Foster
Published by Amberley Publishing
2014, £11.69

A list will always get people talking and it’s not just online that Tops 10s and A to Zs are endlessly regurgitated and refashioned. There is a healthy appetite for such exercises in book form – from the offensive/amusing likes of Crap Towns, through the mildly diverting Is it me or is

Book Review: Roy Keane: The Second Half


Roy Keane: the Second Half by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
2014, £8.99

I haven’t read the first Roy Keane autobiography co-authored to much fanfare with Eamon Dunphy in 2001, but it’s clear that the publishers of this follow up effort will have been scratching their heads over how to spice up a tome in order for it to match the success of that earlier …

Promotion Tales: The Rise of ‘Unfashionable’ Blackburn Rovers


A supplementary treat this morning. Regular contributor Phil Lloyd enjoyed our Promotion Tales series so much that he decided to come up with this own version charting Blackburn Rovers’ re-emergence as a force in English football over two decades ago now. Best wishes to all TTU readers for 2015.

Once, it seemed that Blackburn Rovers existed mainly to exemplify the word “unfashionable”. As with the TV advert that featured …

Promotion Tales: Bradford’s City’s Top-Flight ‘Fairy Tale’


Continuing this series of posts on clubs promoted to the top-flight of English football after a considerable gap or, in some cases, the first time ever, Michael Wood turns the clock back to the year 2000. The location? Bradford.


Frances Griffiths knew about fairy tales.

In 1917, when she was nine years old, she went to the bottom of the garden at a house in Cottingley, Bradford, and …