Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

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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 …

Book Review: One Football, No Nets

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Book Review: One Football, No Nets

One Football, No Nets
by Justin Walley
Published by Bennion Kearny
2017

As a study in dynamism and making things happen, Justin Walley’s One Football, No Nets is a fascinating example of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

Walley, apparently one of those restless souls who in the words of the Lemon Jelly tune, has to ‘keep on rambling’ devoted much of 2017 and 2018 whipping a …

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

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

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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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