Dark Times at Port Vale

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Ownership | 3 Comments
Dark Times at Port Vale

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 …

Book Review: Touching Distance

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Book Review | 3 Comments
Book Review: Touching Distance

Touching Distance
by Martin Hardy
Published by de Coubertin Books
2015, £18.99

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.…

Book Review: Football, Corruption and Lies

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Football, Corruption and Lies

Football, Corruption and Lies
by John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson
Published by Routledge
2017, £19.99

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 …

Book Review: Saturday, 3pm

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: Saturday, 3pm

Saturday, 3pm
by Daniel Gray
Published by Bloomsbury
2016, £8.99

There’s much to be disappointed about in ‘modern football’ as it has come to be known and Daniel Gray commences his new book with a quick list of the more visible and agonising abuses.

However, that would be to misrepresent what he sets out to achieve for Saturday 3pm is a an elegiac, poetic tribute to what there is …

Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies
edited by John Hughson, Kevin Moore, Ramà³n Spaaij and Joseph Maguire
Published by Routledge
2017, £150

Academic publishers have performed an invaluable service in recent times via the production of so-called handbooks, one-stop summaries of a field aimed at advanced students, postgraduates, libraries, researchers and policy makers with some crossover to the generally interested reader on occasion.

With football a serious topic of …