TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

On the face of it, a reality TV show that sees cuddly old Harry Redknapp persuade a team of former England internationals from the more-or-less ‘golden generation’ to gather together for one last job, Lee Marvin style, might be about the last thing on earth we need at the moment – especially when the dirty dozen or so are pitched against the old enemy, the ‘Germans’, the word vocalised …

Book Review: The Mixer

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Book Review: The Mixer

The Mixer
by Michael Cox
Published by Harper Collins
2017

Rarely does a day pass when someone in my twitter feed is seen to proclaim ‘football didn’t start in 1992 you know’ and the phrase ‘since the advent of the Premier League’ is held up as an abomination to place alongside a Piers Morgan aphorism or an attack of swine flu.

Any objectors are a hundred percent right of …

Book Review: Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Book Review | 3 Comments
Book Review: Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club

Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club
by Roger Titford
Published by Further Thought
2018

In his seminal volume, The Football Grounds of England Wales published in the late 1980s, Simon Inglis described Reading FC’s then stadium Elm Park as possibly the least interesting in the league and that’s also reflected by how many fans in the wider football community regard the club as a whole. Indeed, there is a twitter feed

Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

Black Boots & Football Pinks
by Daniel Gray
Published by Bloomsbury
2018

Daniel Gray’s last book, Saturday 3pm was a delight. A paean to the game, the fact that a whole chapter was devoted to the wonder of Jimmy Armfield bought it my vote from the off and the idea of fifty short essays on what makes football so special, packaged in a beautifully bijou jacketed book proved to …

Book Review: Toshack’s Way

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Toshack’s Way

Toshack’s Way: My Journey through Football
by John Toshack with Dan Sung
Published by De Coubertin Books
2018

Back in the mid-1980s, John Toshack was often held up as the exemplar of the adventurous, open-minded British football personality. Having been one half of a legendary big man/little man striking partnership at Liverpool with Kevin Keegan, he took Swansea City through the divisions, briefly topping the Football League, before heading …

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