Book Review: Hunting Grounds

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Book Review | 8 Comments

Hunting Grounds: A Scottish Football Safari

By Gary Sutherland
Published by Birlinn Ltd
August 2008, £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-8415873-5-6
In his first contribution to this here site, Niall Slater, lifelong Forres Mechanics fan and sometime follower of Swindon, reviews a Scottish ground hopper’s account of his journeys to the venues that play host to many a future Championship player.
In Hunting Grounds, Scottish journalist Gary Sutherland undertakes a season long

Book Review: African Soccerscapes

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Book Review, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

African Soccerscapes

By Peter Alegi

Published by Hurst Books 2010

£12.99, ISBN: 9781849040389

This slim volume, from a scholar fast developing a reputation as a leading expert on the history of African soccer, has hallmarks of a high level research monograph but transcends the genre with its impeccably researched trawl through the development of the game on the continent.

Football is important for Africa. Its profile is the total

Book Review: Football’s 12 Apostles: The Making of the League, 1886-1889

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Book Review, Uncategorized | One Comment

Football’s Twelve Apostles
By Thomas Taw
Published by Desert Island Books
April 2006, £16.99, ISBN: 9781905328093

Maybe it’s the hype and money – not to mention scandal – in present-day football, or maybe I’m just getting old, but I find myself increasingly drawn to nostalgia-laden accounts of the game from more innocent times.

Which is what made me pick up Thomas Taw’s account of the Football League’s formation, at the …

Book Review: Big Fry

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Book Review, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Big Fry
By Barry Fry and Phil Rostron
Published by Collins Willow
2000, From 1p (Amazon), 978-0002-189491

Barry Fry’s autobiography is now ten years old, but I thought it would be informative to return to it as a Nineties period piece – a time capsule shedding light on the wheeler-dealing of that decade and before. Old school managers like Harry Redknapp and Tony Pulis are currently undergoing a revival in …

Book Review: Watford FC on This Day

Posted by on Nov 29, 2009 in Book Review, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Watford FC on This Day
By Matt Rowson
Published by Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd.
August 2009, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-9054114-7-4

Memories are often conjured up by sensations. As Proust’s nameless hero bites into the madeleine, the physical rush of the tea soaked cake brings childhood reminiscences flooding back. Hence for Watford fans, a wander down a Mediterranean sidewalk in blazing sunshine might remind them of the time they took a cheeky …