Book Review: Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis

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Book Review: Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis

Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis
by Andrei Kanchelskis
Published by De Coubertin Books
2017, £20

It would be tempting to say how a footballer’s autobiography somehow mirrors the playing style of the player who wrote it. In Andrei Kanchelskis’ case that make this book dynamic and direct, perhaps even a little old-fashioned, written in a style that has been shunned by the ‘new football’ of lavish wealth …

Paul Lambert, ITV and the Magic of the FA Cup

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Paul Lambert, ITV and the Magic of the FA Cup

What football reporting needs most is a narrative; most of the time at least.  For there to be a story, there has to be an issue, which can be resolved either on the field or off it. 

Take Paul Lambert, for example.  He said, quite honestly, that for some premier league managers the FA Cup could be a distraction. 

Now, if you consider that some premier league clubs have …

Book Review: My Autobiography

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: My Autobiography

My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
2013, £25

As I write this, in late December 2013, Alex Ferguson’s second autobiography has sold nearly 650,000 copies. It’s the bestselling book of the year. Just take that in for a few seconds. The-best-selling-book of the year. But when you read it, particularly if you read it in a couple of days as I did, it …

Book Review: Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters by Daniel Gray
Published by Bloomsbury
2013, £12.99

At times reading Daniel Gray’s Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is, despite the ugliness of the title, a joyous experience; an author who clearly enjoys using language talking with warmth and wit about football, people and social history. It’s the literary equivalent of an exhibition of Stuart Roy Clarke photos, and in celebrating community spirit and social …

Book Review: Fever Pitch

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Book Review | 6 Comments
Book Review: Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Published by Penguin as a Penguin Modern Classic
2012, £8.99
ISBN: 9780141391816

It’s a Friday night at the New Theatre in Oxford, and an appreciative round of applause ends Fever Pitch the play, a 90 minute soliloquy performed admirably by James Kermack. The production is an easy watch — the one-man format is faithful to the original book but somehow lacks ambition — and the …

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