Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 18 Comments
Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

Last month The Economist hit the headlines for publishing a distinctly unflattering portrait of several British towns including Wolverhampton, Hull, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. As the stats – for unemployment in particular, but also educational standards, welfare cuts and numbers of empty retail units – made clear, the towns and cities in question are undeniably enduring tough times. But the emotive choice of title for the article (“Rustbelt

Eye Witness Assessment: Tigers Beginning to Find Their Feet

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Eye Witness Assessment: Tigers Beginning to Find Their Feet

Recent Eye Witness Assessments have featured Brighton and Ipswich, both sides who might consider themselves to have an outside chance of the Championship play-offs this season. But what of another club who, somewhat against the odds and despite stiff competition from more fancied and well-funded rivals, managed to make it out of the second tier via automatic promotion last term? Hull’s trip to St James’ Park last weekend …

The Damned Forest: The ‘Real Story’ of Alex McLeish at Nottingham Forest

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
The Damned Forest: The ‘Real Story’ of Alex McLeish at Nottingham Forest

Ahead of its serialisation in a national newspaper, we’re fortunate enough to be able to give you a sneak peek into the diary of Alex McLeish, who’s had an eventful few weeks…

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23rd December 2012

Watched Villa get tonked 8-0 by Chelsea this afternoon. Not so long ago that would have cheered me up no end, but just lately I’ve been having difficulty feeling …

Crime and Punishment: Football in the Dock

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Crime and Punishment: Football in the Dock

“In recent years sport has achieved an increasingly high profile as part of New Labour’s social inclusion agenda, based on assumptions about its potential contribution to areas such as social and economic regeneration, crime reduction, health improvement and educational achievement. However, these new opportunities … have been accompanied by a potential threat: evidence-based policy-making.”

So began the introduction to Fred Coalter’s 2007 book A Wider Social Role for Sport, …

Unexpected rivalries 5: Newcastle Utd and Nottingham Forest

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Uncategorized, Unexpected Rivalries | 12 Comments
Unexpected rivalries 5: Newcastle Utd and Nottingham Forest

I can pinpoint, to the day, when I first became aware of the animosity between my own club, Newcastle Utd, and Nottingham Forest: 16th May 1998. Up until then, I’d been relatively ambivalent about the Reds. If anything, I’d been inclined to look on them kindly for their part in what remains the single most enjoyable day I’ve ever experienced as a Newcastle supporter, one year earlier, when a 5-0 …

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