Blowing the Whistle (Anpfiff)
by Toni Schumacher
Published by Star
1987, £2.99 (Amazon)
It’s now thirty years since the publication of Harald (Toni) Schumacher’s Blowing the Whistle and its German-language precursor, Anpfiff but there are far more reasons than a mere anniversary to dust down a volume that made an explosive impact on its release.
Schumacher was one of the leading footballers of the 1980s as evidenced by his …
Small Town Dreams
by J. F. Cumming
Published by de CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Today, we are very pleased to welcome Ronan Munro to The Two Unfortunates. Ronan is Editor of the long-running and legendary Oxford music magazine, Nightshift but unbeknown to most of those who follow this august publication, Ronan’s loyalty to Oxford most certainly does not extend itself to football. As a Wycombe Wanderers supporter, …
If ever a start to a season were deceiving, then one can point immediately to Port Vale. Regular contributor Tom Bourne charts an alarming slide over the winter months for the Burslem boys.
Previewing the fortunes of League One teams for this publication over the summer was a troubling task. As a long-standing supporter of Port Vale, Chairman Norman Smurthwaite’s decision to effectively dispense with the services of …
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
According to clichà©, no one remembers losers. Try telling that to us Newcastle United fans who lived every glorious, painful minute of the 1995—6 Premier League season. Certainly Martin Hardy’s Touching Distance argues no such thing; instead, the book makes a convincing case that, on the contrary, in that particular season the losers were the ones worth remembering.…
Football, Corruption and Lies
by John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson
Published by Routledge
So FIFA is corrupt. As observations go, it’s up there with the assertion that there are a few cars on the M25 – but, as with all truisms, it’s cathartic to explore to just how great a degree the blindingly obvious is true and why it is so.
Football Corruption and Lies is essentially …