Book Review: Hard Men of Rugby by Luke Upton

I got given this book for Christmas, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it since then. Luke Upton has chosen twenty of the tough sports' tough guys and they reflect the global nature of the game, and the changes it has undergone. There are old school hard men who played in amateur era, a wild west … Continue reading Book Review: Hard Men of Rugby by Luke Upton

Book Review: On Unfamiliar Grounds by Mark Cowan

This is the second book by Cowan I've read, and like the first, this is concerned with football in the North East of England. But as the title suggests, Cowan is on his travels this time. While his previous book followed his local team Guisborough Town, this follows his journeys across 15 months in 2012-13. … Continue reading Book Review: On Unfamiliar Grounds by Mark Cowan

Book Review: The Binman Chronicles by Neville Southall

Everton and Wales goalkeeping legend Neville Southall's career was winding down when I started watching football. I can remember him doing a decent job for an uninspiring Everton side and playing for Wales quite a few times. But it would only be later that I came to appreciate how successful his career between the posts … Continue reading Book Review: The Binman Chronicles by Neville Southall

Book Review: Football’s Strangest Matches by Andrew Ward

Cliche tells us that football is a "funny old game" and there are plenty of odd occurences, strange coincidences and memorable moments throughout it's history. This book decides to collect several of these oddities. While the book is diverting enough and there are some interesting tales it fell far short of my expectations. The problem … Continue reading Book Review: Football’s Strangest Matches by Andrew Ward

Book Review: The Football Neutral: Season 2014/15 by Jim Smallman

One of my favourite books that I read last year was Jim Smallman's first Football Neutral. This is the second season as Smallman continues his travels to various clubs. A stand up comic, Smallman decided that attending football matches on Saturdays instead of wasting time in cafes, and blogged about them, the results being collected here. … Continue reading Book Review: The Football Neutral: Season 2014/15 by Jim Smallman