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 …

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

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