Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies
edited by John Hughson, Kevin Moore, Ramà³n Spaaij and Joseph Maguire
Published by Routledge
2017, £150

Academic publishers have performed an invaluable service in recent times via the production of so-called handbooks, one-stop summaries of a field aimed at advanced students, postgraduates, libraries, researchers and policy makers with some crossover to the generally interested reader on occasion.

With football a serious topic of …

Book Review: The Night of the Virgin

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Book Review: The Night of the Virgin

The Night of the Virgin by Elliott Turner
Published by Round Ball Media LLC
2017, $15.99

A notable element of the football blogging scene when we started The Two Unfortunates in 2009 was the heavy representation of outstanding North American writers. Aside from the venerable Two Hundred Percent, still going strong after a decade, Spirit of Mirko (then called Mirko Bolesan) and Llandudno Jet Set, the websites we …

Book Review: The Wanderer

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Book Review | 2 Comments
Book Review: The Wanderer

The Wanderer by Susan Gardiner
Published by Electric Blue Publishing
2016, £9.95

Frank Soo is famous as the first player of Chinese descent to play professional football in England. His career spanned either side of World War II and he is probably best known for his time at Stoke City, operating as a right-half/right winger on the opposite wing to future knight of the realm Stanley Matthews and using …

Book Review: The Unbelievables

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Unbelievables

The Unbelievables
Published by De Coubertin Books
2016, £9.99

Longer term readers of The Two Unfortunates will recall David Bevan and his deservedly popular site, The Seventy Two which chronicled all things Football League for a few years earlier in the decade – indeed, you can access all the posts from the blog’s excellent history, including many from contributors who have gone on to greater fame and fortune at …

Book Review: Highs, Lows & Bakayokos: Everton in the 90s

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Highs, Lows & Bakayokos: Everton in the 90s

Highs, Lows & Bakayokos: Everton in the 90s
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £12.99

Jim Keoghan brought us one of the best football books in recent years, in Punk Football, an entertaining potted guide to supporter ownership of clubs. He now returns with a study of his beloved Everton and if the era he has chosen to centre upon perhaps wasn’t the most thrilling in the club’s history, …

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