Book Review: On the Brink: A Journey through English Football’s North West

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Book Review: On the Brink: A Journey through English Football’s North West

On the Brink
by Simon Hughes
Published by de Coubertin Books
2017, £18.99

At first sight, the idea of a book devoted to a particular region of England may seem a little random and arbitrary – after all, the region in question, England’s North West, contains rivalries and differences within its borders that are as strong as those with those outside.

Such is the relative dominance in the country’s …

Book Review: Tunnel of Love

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Book Review: Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2016, £18.99

Writing this review before the recent mini-revival in form, defeat at the Emirates on Saturday 16th December – to an admittedly world-class goal from Mesut Özil – was Newcastle United’s seventh in eight games. The solitary point during that period was gleaned at then managerless West Brom, a side who themselves hadn’t won since August. Our last …

Book Review: There To Be Shot At: The Autobiography of Tony Coton

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Book Review: There To Be Shot At: The Autobiography of Tony Coton

There To Be Shot At
by Tony Coton
Published by De Coubertin Books
2017, £12.80

Cards on the table before we start: I’m not coming at this from an unbiased perspective. Perhaps this is no surprise; Tony Coton retired from playing twenty years ago and whilst he was a successful top flight goalkeeper this book is surely targeted squarely at supporters of Birmingham City, Watford (my team) and Manchester …

Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

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Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football fans
by Paul Brown
Published by Goal Post books
2017, £12.99

In a world where many football supporters would be hard pressed to tell you anything about the career of Kevin Keegan or Trevor Brooking, Paul Brown has provided the invaluable service of chronicling the emergence of football in the nineteenth century, a period which, despite the sweeping changes that we have witnessed …

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 …

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