My Favourite Year
Edited by Nick Hornby
Published by Gollancz/Witherby
October 1993, £5.99, ISBN: 978-0-854-93236-8
(New edition, 2001 published by Phoenix)
For his second of hopefully many contributions to The Two Unfortunates, William Abbs of blog Saha from The Madding Crowd turns the spotlight on something of a lost classic of football fandom.
As football fans, we all have seasons that resonate in our memory more than others. That simple…
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…
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 …