The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Middlesbrough

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Health Checks, Ownership | 2 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Middlesbrough

For the latest in our Health Checks series of posts, we welcome back TTU stalwart, Mike Baker, author of a consistently excellent series of posts over the years and for whom Middlesbrough Football Club are his particular obsession. Mike is on Twitter at @mikeb196

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Since going down in 2009 Middlesbrough have returned to the top flight once, a single sorry season that exposed us as lacking the quality …

The State of Play at Leyton Orient

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The State of Play at Leyton Orient

With the 2019-20 season scarcely underway, it seems fitting on so many levels that our first Football League related post of the new campaign should focus on Leyton Orient. Back in the 92 after two seasons away, the east Londoners have been assailed by the worst imaginable news in the wake of their promotion to League 2, with manager Justin Edinburgh passing away in June. Here, newcomer to the …

Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

Ticket to the Moon
by Richard Sydenham
Published by De Coubertin Books
2018

On May 26th 1982, Aston Villa, the club I’ve supported since my football awakening during Italia ’90, won the actual European Cup. In doing so, they became one of only five English clubs to triumph in the competition. Two weeks after this monumental moment, I was born, having missed the greatest achievement of my beloved team …

From EFL to EDL: Far Right Extremism’s Pollution of Football

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in The Argument | No Comments
From EFL to EDL: Far Right Extremism’s Pollution of Football

As readers of this website will know, we provide vigorous support of football fans’ power for good and in this, hope to have followed in the footsteps of organisations such as the Football Supporters Federation, Supporters Direct and the editorial line of When Saturday Comes among others.

But occasionally, there can be a reminder of how the sport can become entangled in something altogether less appetising, not to …

Book Review: Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager

Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager
by Ian Herbert
Published by Bloomsbury
2018

Before Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield in mid-January, the Kop’s mosaic celebrated what would have been Bob Paisley’s hundredth birthday and it’s worthwhile to begin by recollecting his achievements at Liverpool. In a 9 year managerial spell from 1974-83 he won 6 league championships, 3 European cups, 1 UEFA cup, 3 …

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