Book Review: Tunnel of Love

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Book Review: Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2016, £18.99

Writing this review before the recent mini-revival in form, defeat at the Emirates on Saturday 16th December – to an admittedly world-class goal from Mesut Özil – was Newcastle United’s seventh in eight games. The solitary point during that period was gleaned at then managerless West Brom, a side who themselves hadn’t won since August. Our last …

Book Review: Rafa’s Way

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Book Review: Rafa’s Way

Rafa’s Way
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2017, £19.99

Talk about hot off the press. The statement announcing that Rafa Benitez would be staying at Newcastle was issued on 16th May 2017; less than three weeks later, on 5th June, Rafa’s Way hit the shelves. The rush to publish was understandable when you consider the existence of a rival book: Inside the Rafalution by Mark Douglas. …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | No Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

As part of my piece on mental health and elite football posted on this site on Tuesday, I outlined some of the key stressors characteristic of the tough, intensely pressurised and volatile world of the professional game. However, my analysis largely skirted around arguably the most significant stressor – though it did so deliberately, with this post (and Rob’s review of Alan Gernon’s Retired) in mind. My intention …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | 3 Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Last Wednesday, with this article already taking shape, it was revealed that Everton winger Aaron Lennon had been detained by police under the Mental Health Act. The Merseyside club subsequently confirmed that the former Spurs player was “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”. The news itself, as well as the way it was reported, discussed and (in some instances) appallingly misrepresented in the media, brought into …

Book Review: Touching Distance

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Book Review | 3 Comments
Book Review: Touching Distance

Touching Distance
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2015, £18.99

According to clichà©, no one remembers losers. Try telling that to us Newcastle United fans who lived every glorious, painful minute of the 1995—6 Premier League season. Certainly Martin Hardy’s Touching Distance argues no such thing; instead, the book makes a convincing case that, on the contrary, in that particular season the losers were the ones worth remembering.…

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