Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives, Uncategorized | One Comment
Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

“It will be the greatest comeback since Lazarus.”

The late, legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell may have been talking about Cliff Lazarenko, but, had he been alive in 2014 to witness the annus horribilis endured by the manager of his beloved Newcastle United, he might well have been moved to say the same thing about Alan Pardew. And yet, incredibly, the comeback appears to be on.

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TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Premier League Preview 2014-5

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Premier League Preview 2014-5

Our divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over

Survival Instincts? Fulham and Crystal Palace Living on the Edge

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Survival Instincts? Fulham and Crystal Palace Living on the Edge

Two consecutive Saturday afternoons; two London clubs battling to avoid relegation; two games against a Newcastle side out of form and with little to play for. Ideal circumstances in which to assess the current predicaments of Fulham and Crystal Palace – and their chances of Premier League survival.

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He may no longer be Fulham’s owner but, as someone obsessed with car crashes, there’s a …

Friends reunited as Flitcroft and Hill face off in derby

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Friends reunited as Flitcroft and Hill face off in derby

In a curious quirk of fate, last Friday night’s match between Bury and Rochdale not only involved two clubs located little more than five miles apart, but also two men who’ve spent much of the last fifteen years considerably closer to one another than that. In the visitors’ camp: Keith Hill. In the home dugout: David Flitcroft, who played with Hill at Spotland before working as his assistant …

Book Review: Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Book Review | 12 Comments
Book Review: Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History by Tony Collins
Published by Routledge
2013, £19.99

God bless Crystal Palace’s self-styled ultras, the Holmesdale Fanatics. The irony of proudly displaying a banner reading “AGAINST MODERN FOOTBALL” during a Premier League match this season, one which was beamed into bars and living rooms around the world on television, was clearly lost on them. Perhaps that’s only to be expected, …

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