Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

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Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces
by Jonathan Wilson
Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
2016

Few footballing countries can be as fascinating as Argentina. Rich success has been accompanied by ignominious failure, perceived dastardliness on and off the pitch, legendary matches and a cast of characters that have truly enriched the game. It’s a nation the football culture of which is perhaps its defining characteristic. Football is often the first thing …

Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

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Book Review: Ticket to the Moon

Ticket to the Moon
by Richard Sydenham
Published by De Coubertin Books
2018

On May 26th 1982, Aston Villa, the club I’ve supported since my football awakening during Italia ’90, won the actual European Cup. In doing so, they became one of only five English clubs to triumph in the competition. Two weeks after this monumental moment, I was born, having missed the greatest achievement of my beloved team …

Book Review: One Football, No Nets

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Book Review: One Football, No Nets

One Football, No Nets
by Justin Walley
Published by Bennion Kearny
2017

As a study in dynamism and making things happen, Justin Walley’s One Football, No Nets is a fascinating example of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

Walley, apparently one of those restless souls who in the words of the Lemon Jelly tune, has to ‘keep on rambling’ devoted much of 2017 and 2018 whipping a …

TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

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TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

On the face of it, a reality TV show that sees cuddly old Harry Redknapp persuade a team of former England internationals from the more-or-less ‘golden generation’ to gather together for one last job, Lee Marvin style, might be about the last thing on earth we need at the moment – especially when the dirty dozen or so are pitched against the old enemy, the ‘Germans’, the word vocalised …

The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Ipswich Town

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Health Checks | 4 Comments
The Two Unfortunates Health Checks: Ipswich Town

It may surprise people when I say that I haven’t felt so positive about my football club since the Millennium. Ipswich Town are bottom of the Championship and heading for third tier football for the first time since we squeaked past Torquay to win promotion to the old Division 2 in 1957. So you could be forgiven for metaphorically taking my temperature and suggesting that I go for a …

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