Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

When I first met then Exeter City manager Eamonn Dolan he stopped our interview midway through to give tactical advise to a youth team player. “I knew he was heading off and I wouldn’t get to see him until after his game at the weekend.”

When I spoke to him about seven years later to get a quick bit of background on a Reading player for an article I …

Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Saturday 7th May. A leisurely, idyllic afternoon spent at the open-air thermal spa-heated pool at our campsite in southern Tuscany. The skies, which had been cloudless and brilliantly blue for days, gradually turned first a bruised purple and then a stunning near-black. And then – just as news filtered through that Newcastle could only muster a 0–0 draw at Villa while Sunderland had twice come from behind to beat …

Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 10 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

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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 …

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