Book Review: English Gentlemen and World Soccer

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Book Review: English Gentlemen and World Soccer

English Gentlemen and World Soccer
by Chris Bolsmann and Dilwyn Porter
Published by Routledge
2018

Although he was writing before the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Ivan Sharpe’s labelling of the Corinthian Football Club as one of the four greatest club teams in English football history is the kind of assertion that really makes one sit up and take notice. Founded by Nicholas Lane Jackson in 1882 …

Book Review: On the Brink: A Journey through English Football’s North West

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Book Review: On the Brink: A Journey through English Football’s North West

On the Brink
by Simon Hughes
Published by de Coubertin Books
2017, £18.99

At first sight, the idea of a book devoted to a particular region of England may seem a little random and arbitrary – after all, the region in question, England’s North West, contains rivalries and differences within its borders that are as strong as those with those outside.

Such is the relative dominance in the country’s …

The Current State of Football Podcasting

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
The Current State of Football Podcasting

On collecting the gong for best podcast at the recent Football Supporters Federation awards on behalf of The Guardian newspaper’s Football Weekly, Jonathan Wilson, founder of The Blizzard and author of numerous books including his history of football tactics, Inverting the Pyramid was seen to tweet:

Podcast of the Year at the FSF Awards goes to Football Weekly. Nice to win, better to beat Judas FM.

For those …

Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

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Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football fans
by Paul Brown
Published by Goal Post books
2017, £12.99

In a world where many football supporters would be hard pressed to tell you anything about the career of Kevin Keegan or Trevor Brooking, Paul Brown has provided the invaluable service of chronicling the emergence of football in the nineteenth century, a period which, despite the sweeping changes that we have witnessed …

Book Review: Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story

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Book Review: Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story

Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story
by Greville Waterman
Published by Bennion Kearny
2017, £12.99

In academic history books of recent years, the tendency has been to move the story away from a concentration on the machinations of Kings, Queens and politicians and to attempt to understand the past by shining a light on the experiences of ordinary people. Hence, the experiences of a seaman in the Royal Navy in …

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