Book Review: Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case

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Hard Case by Jimmy Case Published by by John Blake Publishing 2014, £18.99 In advance of a salvo posts on the precariousness or otherwise of the managerial hot seat which we shall be running next week, we are pleased to first present to you a review of former Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion man Jimmy Case’s new autobiography. One of my earliest footballing memories is of Case lashing in a screamer against Manchester United in the 1977 FA Cup Final. Here, Terry Clague, aka @RoutledgeEditor, provides his thoughts. Terry has also written for The Anfield Wrap, one of our…

A Short History of Football and Music: 2000 to the Present

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With football cock of the walk as the new millennium dawned, the extended love-in with music and other elements of popular culture continued to drag on through the early years of the decade. Soccer AM remained as popular as ever, Doves’ anthem Pounding soundtracked Saturday lunchtime’s On The Ball presented by Gabby Yorath, Sham 69 enlisted Blur guitarist Graham Coxon on a reworking of one of their most famous hits, producing the subtle Hurry Up England, and those chancers Kasabian took the stage for a gig in Paris sporting the national team’s new replica shirt. But such antics were to…

A Short History of Football and Music: the 1990s

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If football and music were starting to find common ground as the Nineties dawned, this was still very much at the underground level. The homespun productions of the fanzine movement cut across both disciplines and the offbeat haircut-chronicling and socially conscious When Saturday Comes reader identified more with fans of quintessentially indie jokers Half Man Half Biscuit, purveyors of such memorable ditties as All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit, Dickie Davies Eyes and I was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan. All this said, Bolton’s Tony Philliskirk and David Reeves did bear more than a passing…

A Short History of Football and Music: the 1980s

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For all out tendency to view the past through rose tinted spectacles, the 1980s were abysmal. If we had just had the haircuts to suffer (and this already balding teenager resented any obligation to mimic Nick Rhodes or a A Flock of Seagulls), those years would have perhaps been tolerable, but the malaise they brought with them impacted upon all aspects of our lives, often in a vicious and violent way. Queen playing Apartheid South Africa’s Sun City, a Live Aid concert with not a single decent performance for all its worth in other respects, Fame, Steve Wright in the…

A Short History of Football and Music: the 1970s

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Over the space of four posts this week, I am going to attempt to pen a brief history of how football and music have interacted over the past four and a half decades. Firstly though, you’re probably asking why football and music? Why not football and gardening or football and the re-enactment of civil war battles? I’ll leave any lengthy debate as to whether football is an art to a later date while admitting it’s a discussion worth having – even if the horror at such a suggestion etched over the faces over non-lovers of the round ball always makes it…