Book Review: The Old Firm: Sectarianism, Sport and Society in Scotland

Old Firm Sweets

The Old Firm by Bill Murray
Published by John Donald
1984

On being asked once about the musical tastes of the Glasgow Rangers squad, Ally McCoist remarked that while he favoured the beat combos of the 1960s, most of his team mates favoured songs from the 1690s. Therein lies the rub of the bitterest rivalry British – and possibly world – football has ever known – an endless cause …

Book Review: Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism

Ghana

Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism by Carrie Dunn
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
July 2014, £45

Judging a book by its cover, which of course we have all been advised never to do, this work by Carrie Dunn appears to be scholarly but not a forbidding, heavyweight tome. Dunn is an academic who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and a journalist who is well known for her writing, …

Semi Final Memories: West Bromwich Albion 2008

Pompey

West Brom fans still fill cheated by defeat in the 2008 semi-final to a Portsmouth team living way, way beyond its means, writes Frank Heaven.

Spring 2008 was a strange time in our recent history.

The good times were still just about rolling, but the first ominous rumbles of the looming financial thunderstorm could be heard.

There was a similar situation at Portsmouth Football Club.

Under manager Harry …

Semi Final Memories: Wycombe Wanderers 2001

Wycombe

Next up in our semi final series, it’s TTU regular Kerry Andrew – @kj_funk on twitter – and a supporter of one of the most unlikely teams to reach the FA Cup semi finals, Wycombe Wanderers. Throughout their history, the Chairboys have been no strangers to cup success but the FA Trophy and FA Amateur Cup triumphs of yore were as nothing compared to their run to the FA …

Semi Final Memories: Plymouth Argyle 1984

Argyle

Second up in this week’s series looking back to non-top flight appearances in the FA Cup semi finals, we look back 31 years to a time when George Reilly broke Devonian hearts. Here’s Roger Willis:

In 1984 I was in my first year of higher education and living in Gloucester, Mrs Thatcher bestrode British politics like a colossus and unfashionable, unfancied, unlikely Plymouth Argyle made it to …