Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

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Book Review: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football fans
by Paul Brown
Published by Goal Post books
2017, £12.99

In a world where many football supporters would be hard pressed to tell you anything about the career of Kevin Keegan or Trevor Brooking, Paul Brown has provided the invaluable service of chronicling the emergence of football in the nineteenth century, a period which, despite the sweeping changes that we have witnessed …

Book Review: Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis

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Book Review: Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis

Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis
by Andrei Kanchelskis
Published by De Coubertin Books
2017, £20

It would be tempting to say how a footballer’s autobiography somehow mirrors the playing style of the player who wrote it. In Andrei Kanchelskis’ case that make this book dynamic and direct, perhaps even a little old-fashioned, written in a style that has been shunned by the ‘new football’ of lavish wealth …

Book Review: Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story

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Book Review: Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story

Ooh-Aah: The Bob Booker Story
by Greville Waterman
Published by Bennion Kearny
2017, £12.99

In academic history books of recent years, the tendency has been to move the story away from a concentration on the machinations of Kings, Queens and politicians and to attempt to understand the past by shining a light on the experiences of ordinary people. Hence, the experiences of a seaman in the Royal Navy in …

Book Review: Rafa’s Way

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Book Review: Rafa’s Way

Rafa’s Way
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2017, £19.99

Talk about hot off the press. The statement announcing that Rafa Benitez would be staying at Newcastle was issued on 16th May 2017; less than three weeks later, on 5th June, Rafa’s Way hit the shelves. The rush to publish was understandable when you consider the existence of a rival book: Inside the Rafalution by Mark Douglas. …

My Second Team: Dundee United

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in My Second Team | 4 Comments
My Second Team: Dundee United

In this, the first My Second Team series post that we’ve published since December 2016, Matthew Graham makes his Two Unfortunates debut with an overview of the hows, whys and wherefores of his support for Dundee United.

For the best part of a decade now I’ve lived in cities far away from The Hawthorns, my spiritual footballing home. In these long periods away from Birmingham, the very thought …

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