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 …

Book Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Book Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy
by Richard Foster
Published by Ockley Books
2017

It was entirely remiss of us not to have reviewed Richard Foster’s The Agony and the Ecstasy on its initial release in 2015, so the appearance of a recent new edition from the brilliant Ockley Books has thankfully given us the opportunity to rectify that.

Not to be confused with a good collection of essays released …

Book Review: The Illustrated History of Football

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Book Review: The Illustrated History of Football

The Illustrated History of Football
by David Squires
Published by Century
2017

First of all, something of an admission – I don’t really do cartoons. Ever since my first week at university and the promise of a ‘Graphic Novel’ option as part of my English Literature degree, I ran an almost literal mile and hid in a store cupboard with a well-thumbed copy of Vanity Fair – the Thackeray …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Retired by Alan Gernon
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £9.99

As we have established over our series of articles this week, footballers and football supporters are by no means exempt from the fact that a quarter of people suffer from mental health disorders. That these conditions are established as illnesses is also undeniable and great strides have been made in in recent years to help the wider public recognise …

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