Book Review: Paradise Road

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Book Review: Paradise Road

Paradise Road by Stephen O’Donnell
Published by Ringwood Publishing
2012, £9.99

In the recently released Issue 16 of The Blizzard, Stephen O’Donnell and Lee McGowan team up to ponder the somewhat unimpressive history of football fiction. It’s a subject dear to O’Donnell’s heart as the author of two novels on the topic while the discussion once again emphasizes soccer’s inability to match sports such as baseball and cricket …

Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives, Uncategorized | One Comment
Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

It will be the greatest comeback since Lazarus.”

The late, legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell may have been talking about Cliff Lazarenko, but, had he been alive in 2014 to witness the annus horribilis endured by the manager of his beloved Newcastle United, he might well have been moved to say the same thing about Alan Pardew. And yet, incredibly, the comeback appears to be on.

In …

A Short History of Football and Music: the 1990s

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Football and Music, Uncategorized | One Comment
A Short History of Football and Music: the 1990s

If football and music were starting to find common ground as the Nineties dawned, this was still very much at the underground level. The homespun productions of the fanzine movement cut across both disciplines and the offbeat haircut-chronicling and socially conscious When Saturday Comes reader identified more with fans of quintessentially indie jokers Half Man Half Biscuit, purveyors of such memorable ditties as All I want for Christmas

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Ownership, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

As we move into Day Three of our Football Ownership series, Gary Hartley tries in vain to make some sense of what, exactly, Massimo Cellino is up to at his beloved Leeds United.

It’s not particularly new, this football clubs subsumed by rich men’s egos thing. It’s just that in the presumed halcyon days, the egos were more the Rotary Club, cigar on Sunday type of affair – …

The Two Unfortunates in 2014-5

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
The Two Unfortunates in 2014-5

In recent weeks, several of the longest standing and best football blogs of recent years have announced changes in direction while others have decided to call it a day altogether. Similarly, here at The Two Unfortunates, time pressures have become a key factor and hence, we have devised a new plan for the website in 2014-5.

From now on, the intention will be to publish a cluster of posts …

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