The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Port Vale

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Health Checks | 3 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Port Vale

Having kicked off our new Health Checks series at the end of 2018 with Paul Wilkinson’s excellent account of the past, present and future of Crewe Alexandra, we are pleased to welcome back a stalwart of the Two Unfortunates’ decade long history, Tom Bourne. Here, Tom runs the rule over fortunes at Port Vale while he can be followed on twitter at @thethomasbourne.

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Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Book Review | 2 Comments
Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

Born to be a Baggie
by Dean Walton
Published by Amberley Publishing
2016

What does it mean to be a football fan? The question is perhaps best answered in pictures, rather than words, which is what Dean Walton has done in ‘Born to be a Baggie: a pictorial history of West Bromwich Albion fans’.

The book centres on Walton’s beloved Black Country team, and the trials and triumphs of …

Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Black Boots & Football Pinks
by Daniel Gray
Published by Bloomsbury
2018

Daniel Gray’s last book, Saturday 3pm was a delight. A paean to the game, the fact that a whole chapter was devoted to the wonder of Jimmy Armfield bought it my vote from the off and the idea of fifty short essays on what makes football so special, packaged in a beautifully bijou jacketed book proved to …

The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Crewe Alexandra

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Health Checks | One Comment
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Crewe Alexandra

Today, we are delighted to launch a new series of posts that will see contributors run the rule over the fortunes of their football clubs in the medium term. Each article will be structured by way of an assessment of the past few years, analysis of the current situation in terms of ownership, finances and personnel and end with some crystal ball gazing as to what may lie in …

Book Review: Toshack’s Way

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Toshack’s Way

Toshack’s Way: My Journey through Football
by John Toshack with Dan Sung
Published by De Coubertin Books
2018

Back in the mid-1980s, John Toshack was often held up as the exemplar of the adventurous, open-minded British football personality. Having been one half of a legendary big man/little man striking partnership at Liverpool with Kevin Keegan, he took Swansea City through the divisions, briefly topping the Football League, before heading …

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