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About ianhaspinall

Communications specialist, Wigan Athletic fan & blogger, interested in music, arts & culture.

Summer Reading 2021 – The Best Football Books

Here’s my recommendations of the best football books of recent months for reading on the beach or by the pool. Kick off the summer with one of these great reads. All Crazee Now – English Football and Footballers in the 1970s by … Continue reading

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Review: There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross

This fictional account of gritty Scottish working-class life and football in the 1990’s is a deeply immersive experience. Through a stream of consciousness narrative, the obsessions of a young man are played out in an unforgiving environment. The crazy world … Continue reading

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Review: Whose Game Is It Anyway? Football, Life, Love and Loss by Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin’s latest book is part memoir, part a reconnection with football after falling out of love with the game. Written at a time of Covid-19 and when football has never seemed so distant from the fans he looks to … Continue reading

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The big rebuild with Leam Richardson and Phoenix 2021

Wigan Athletic survived a traumatic season of administration and a relegation battle but they will go into the close season with renewed optimism. The new Bahraini owners Phoenix 2021 have steadied the ship and have pledged to rebuild the club … Continue reading

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Latics’ disappointing end to a momentous season – Wigan Athletic 3 Swindon Town 4

* It was a strange end of the season game as Latics dominated for long periods but were ultimately edged out 4-3 by relegated Swindon Town at the DW Stadium. * Latics went ahead when Curtis Tilt headed home Dan … Continue reading

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Latics greatest of great escapes as Hull are Champions – Hull City 3 Wigan Athletic 1

* Despite spending most of the season in administration during a pandemic Wigan Athletic retained their League One status after Rochdale and Northampton lost their games. * Latics matched Hull at the KCOM Stadium for most of the game but … Continue reading

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Will Keane heads Latics closer to survival – Wigan Athletic 1 Burton Albion 1

* Wigan Athletic had a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Burton Albion at the DW Stadium to edge closer to League One survival with two games remaining. * The Brewers went ahead in the 15th minute from a superb curling Joe … Continue reading

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Review: All Crazee Now – English Football and Footballers in the 1970s by David Tossell

David Tossell’s story of English football in the 1970s, ‘All Crazee Now’ is a special treat for nostalgists and football connoisseurs. This tour de force of 512 pages including Index, Endnotes, Acknowledgements and Roll of Honour is an engrossing account … Continue reading

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Latics edging towards League One survival – Shrewsbury Town 1 Wigan Athletic 2

* Wigan Athletic produced their fourth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win against Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow to stay four points above the drop zone with three games remaining. * Latics went ahead in the 27th minute when … Continue reading

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Latics find form to ease relegation worries – Wigan Athletic 2 Crewe Alexandra 0

* Wigan Athletic produced their third consecutive victory with a comfortable 2-0 win against Crewe Alexandra at the DW Stadium to ease their relegation worries. * Latics somewhat fortuitously took the lead in the 15th minute when Joe Dodoo blocked … Continue reading

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