Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review: Done Deal – An Insider’s Guide to Football Contracts, Multi-Million Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business by Daniel Geey

If you are interested in the inner workings of the football industry this could be the book for you. Sports lawyer Daniel Geey provides insights into what goes on behind the scenes with high stakes transfers, television rights negotiations, player … Continue reading

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Review: Going to the Match – The Passion for Football by Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton’s latest book is inspired by L.S. Lowry’s famously evocative painting ‘Going to the Match’. The artist painted the supporters approaching Bolton Wanderers’ Burnden Park in 1953 and Hamilton uses the painting as his starting point. It is an … Continue reading

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Review: Black Boots and Football Pinks – 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game by Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray revisits football’s fertile ground in his follow-up to the splendidly evocative ‘Saturday, 3pm’. In Black Boots and Football Pinks he celebrates 50 lost wonders of the beautiful game such as goalkeepers in trousers and hats, proper division names, … Continue reading

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Review: State of Play – Under the Skin of the Modern Game by Michael Calvin

Award-winning sports writer Michael Calvin’s latest book is an ambitious, in-depth and wide-ranging examination of the current game. Calvin takes as his inspiration Arthur Hopcrafts’s ‘The Football Man,’ which was written two years after England won the World Cup and … Continue reading

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Book Review: World in Motion – The Inside Story of Italia ’90 by Simon Hart

Simon Hart revisits Italia ‘90 with an entertaining journey through one of the most culturally significant World Cups. It was a rare tournament with Scotland, Ireland and England all qualifying. It was a time of Gazza’s tears, Pavarotti’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ … Continue reading

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Book review: What We Think About When We Think About Football

In this slim volume philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of the whole football experience and how we are affected in so many different ways by a sport that is so central to our lives. Critchley identifies that football … Continue reading

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Book review: Moving the Goalposts – A Yorkshire Tragedy by Anthony Clavane

Anthony Clavane’s remarkable insight into the demise of Yorkshire’s sporting institutions in the context of a post-industrial world is now available in paperback. Clavane believes that ‘sport has gone wrong’ in the sense that it has been increasingly infected by … Continue reading

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