by Michael Cox
Published by Harper Collins
Rarely does a day pass when someone in my twitter feed is seen to proclaim ‘football didn’t start in 1992 you know’ and the phrase ‘since the advent of the Premier League’ is held up as an abomination to place alongside a Piers Morgan aphorism or an attack of swine flu.
Any objectors are a hundred percent right of …
Optimism – not historically a familiar sensation for football fans in The Potteries – was in surprisingly high supply over the summer for those of a red and white persuasion. Despite relegation following a decade in the Premier League and the subsequent, inevitable sale of star man Xherdan Shaqiri, the feeling many had was that this was but a temporary holiday in the Championship. Such grand visions ran beyond …
Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club
by Roger Titford
Published by Further Thought
In his seminal volume, The Football Grounds of England Wales published in the late 1980s, Simon Inglis described Reading FC’s then stadium Elm Park as possibly the least interesting in the league and that’s also reflected by how many fans in the wider football community regard the club as a whole. Indeed, there is a twitter feed…
As readers of this website will know, we provide vigorous support of football fans’ power for good and in this, hope to have followed in the footsteps of organisations such as the Football Supporters Federation, Supporters Direct and the editorial line of When Saturday Comes among others.
But occasionally, there can be a reminder of how the sport can become entangled in something altogether less appetising, not to …
Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager
by Ian Herbert
Published by Bloomsbury
Before Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield in mid-January, the Kop’s mosaic celebrated what would have been Bob Paisley’s hundredth birthday and it’s worthwhile to begin by recollecting his achievements at Liverpool. In a 9 year managerial spell from 1974-83 he won 6 league championships, 3 European cups, 1 UEFA cup, 3 …