Book Review: Touching Distance

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Book Review: Touching Distance

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

According to cliché, 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.…

Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment
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 …

Football Cities: Newcastle upon Tyne

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Football Cities | 3 Comments
Football Cities: Newcastle upon Tyne

Perched on a hill, visible from all directions as you head into Newcastle, towering into the air in the centre of town – St James’ Park couldn’t really be much more symbolic. Its location befits its status as an iconic focal point, right at the heart of the city metaphorically and spiritually as well as literally. A compact, soulless, identikit new-build stadium on the outskirts, encircled by acres of …

TTU Go Predicting: A Club-By-Club Premier League Preview 2015-16

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in TTU Go Predicting | One Comment
TTU Go Predicting: A Club-By-Club Premier League Preview 2015-16

Rounding off this year’s week of divisional previews we profile English football’s top-flight which – for all its predictability – will no doubt offer plenty of high-drama during the course of the season.

Arsenal

Am I alone in questioning the narrative that suggests that Petr Cech is the missing piece in the jigsaw that is Arsenal’s pursuit of a first Premier League title since 2004? That’s not to say …

Neil Warnock Week: Book Review: Made in Sheffield

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Neil Warnock Week | 3 Comments
Neil Warnock Week: Book Review: Made in Sheffield

Made in Sheffield: My Story by Neil Warnock with Oliver Holt
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
2008, £8.99

“Anyone who writes an autobiography”, opines former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine in the introduction to her brilliant memoir Clothes Music Boys, “is either a twat or broke.” Made in Sheffield: My Story bears out her theory. While not short of a bob or two (despite being aggrieved at having never gained …

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