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 …

Book Review: The Bottom Corner

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Book Review: The Bottom Corner

The Bottom Corner
by Nige Tassell
Published by Yellow Jersey Press
2016

Non-League Football has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the internet age – news of its oddities spread quicker, youtube viewings of outrageous halfway line goals are common, results are available at fingertips and there will always be a small corner of the web to focus on your particular obsession.

But it’s the morass-like nature of Non-League …

Book Review: Blowing the Whistle

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Book Review: Blowing the Whistle

Blowing the Whistle (Anpfiff)
by Toni Schumacher
Published by Star
1987, £2.99 (Amazon)

It’s now thirty years since the publication of Harald (Toni) Schumacher’s Blowing the Whistle and its German-language precursor, Anpfiff but there are far more reasons than a mere anniversary to dust down a volume that made an explosive impact on its release.

Schumacher was one of the leading footballers of the 1980s as evidenced by his …

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