Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies
edited by John Hughson, Kevin Moore, Ramà³n Spaaij and Joseph Maguire
Published by Routledge
2017, £150

Academic publishers have performed an invaluable service in recent times via the production of so-called handbooks, one-stop summaries of a field aimed at advanced students, postgraduates, libraries, researchers and policy makers with some crossover to the generally interested reader on occasion.

With football a serious topic of …

Book Review: The Night of the Virgin

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Book Review: The Night of the Virgin

The Night of the Virgin by Elliott Turner
Published by Round Ball Media LLC
2017, $15.99

A notable element of the football blogging scene when we started The Two Unfortunates in 2009 was the heavy representation of outstanding North American writers. Aside from the venerable Two Hundred Percent, still going strong after a decade, Spirit of Mirko (then called Mirko Bolesan) and Llandudno Jet Set, the websites we …

Book Review: The Wanderer

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Book Review | 2 Comments
Book Review: The Wanderer

The Wanderer by Susan Gardiner
Published by Electric Blue Publishing
2016, £9.95

Frank Soo is famous as the first player of Chinese descent to play professional football in England. His career spanned either side of World War II and he is probably best known for his time at Stoke City, operating as a right-half/right winger on the opposite wing to future knight of the realm Stanley Matthews and using …

My Second Team: Leeds United

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in My Second Team | One Comment
My Second Team: Leeds United

I first attended a football match at Elm Park, Reading in October 1976. Amid a torrential downpour, the home side thumped local-ish rivals Swindon Town 4-1, with Robin Friday, one of the most immortalised players in lower league history turning out for the Royals on the day.

So far, so impeccable — a club’s original home, a cult hero, a derby victory of sorts – and all before ‘modern football’ …

Book Review: Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football

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Book Review: Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football

Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football
Published by Bennion Kearny
2016, £8.05

The army of terms required to talk convincingly about football has been a great source of mirth over the years. As far back as the 1970s, footballers were depicted as alternating between being ‘over the moon’ or ‘sick as a parrot’ depending on their feelings at 5 o’clock on a Saturday while Ron Atkinson let loose a …

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