The Future of Northampton Town Hangs in the Balance

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment
The Future of Northampton Town Hangs in the Balance

If ever any of us were naà¯ve enough to think that football had gotten its financial house in order, the current predicament of Northampton Town FC is a salutary reminder of how bad things can get. Here, a supporter of the club who has asked to remain anonymous, expresses his feeling at the club’s current situation.

On the 16th November Northampton Town Football Club, established in 1897 and …

Analysing the Middlesbrough Revival

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Analysing the Middlesbrough Revival

The Football League play-offs for 2015 have so far been packed full of incident with that astonishing 5-5 draw between Swindon and Sheffield United the highlight. A vision up, much of the attention has been focused on the East Anglian derbies but the probable favourites for promotion at the time of writing are Middlesbrough, primed for a top flight return after a good few seasons in the wilderness. Here, …

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

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