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 …

Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

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Book Review: Born to be a Baggie

Born to be a Baggie
by Dean Walton
Published by Amberley Publishing
2016

What does it mean to be a football fan? The question is perhaps best answered in pictures, rather than words, which is what Dean Walton has done in ‘Born to be a Baggie: a pictorial history of West Bromwich Albion fans’.

The book centres on Walton’s beloved Black Country team, and the trials and triumphs of …

Book Review: Black Boots & Football Pinks

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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

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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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