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

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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, …

Book Review: Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football

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Book Review: Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football

Bendelow and Kidd’s Dictionary of Football
Published by Bennion Kearny
2016, £8.05

The army of terms required to talk convincingly about football has been a great source of mirth over the years. As far back as the 1970s, footballers were depicted as alternating between being ‘over the moon’ or ‘sick as a parrot’ depending on their feelings at 5 o’clock on a Saturday while Ron Atkinson let loose a …

Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

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Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

The Sum of the Parts by Jon Keen
Published by Mickle Press
2016, £20.49

Records set outside the uppermost levels of football usually gain no more than a footnote in the record books and rarely enter the consciousness outside of the fan base of the clubs which have set them. Ten years on from posting a new highest points total for the second tier of English football aka the …

Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

The Game of our Lives by David Goldblatt
Published by Penguin
2015, £7.99

The Game of Our Lives scooped the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and deservedly so – for this is an all-encompassing overview of the socio-cultural background to British football over the past few decades. In this, it presents a far fuller picture than David Goldblatt’s previous Futebol Nation, released to coincide …

Book Review: When Football Came Home

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: When Football Came Home

When Football Came Home by Michael Gibbons
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £12.99

In June this year, Henry Winter will publish Fifty Years of Hurt , a volume that will use England’s 1966 World Cup victory as a springboard to examine the fortunes of the national XI over the subsequent half century.

We’ll have to wait and see as to whether Winter can manage to get through the …

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