Book Review: The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories

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Book Review: The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories

The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories
by Alan Gernon
Published by Pitch Publishing
2018

Liam Rosenior didn’t pull up any trees in the time he spent at Reading Football Club between 2007 and 2010. Brought in on transfer deadline day in August 2007; that the deal was a swap with Fulham for Korean international and scorer of spectacular goals Seol-Ki-Hyeon; that it came after the team had massively over …

Book Review: A Natural

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Book Review: A Natural

A Natural
by Ross Raisin
Published by Jonathan Cape
2017

One hundred and fifty years or so into the history of this game we know and love, there are still numerous examples of how football has yet to properly emerge from the dark ages.

The attitude of football towards homosexuality is one of the most glaring cases in point. At grassroots level, there have been great strides with Stonewall

Book Review: English Gentlemen and World Soccer

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Book Review: English Gentlemen and World Soccer

English Gentlemen and World Soccer
by Chris Bolsmann and Dilwyn Porter
Published by Routledge
2018

Although he was writing before the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Ivan Sharpe’s labelling of the Corinthian Football Club as one of the four greatest club teams in English football history is the kind of assertion that really makes one sit up and take notice. Founded by Nicholas Lane Jackson in 1882 …

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 …

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