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Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

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When I first met then Exeter City manager Eamonn Dolan he stopped our interview midway through to give tactical advise to a youth team player. "I knew he was heading off and I wouldn't get to see him until after his game at the weekend."

When I spoke to him about seven years later to get a quick bit of background on a Reading player for an article I .

Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

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Saturday 7th May. A leisurely, idyllic afternoon spent at the open-air thermal spa-heated pool at our campsite in southern Tuscany. The skies, which had been cloudless and brilliantly blue for days, gradually turned first a bruised purple and then a stunning near-black. And then – just as news filtered through that Newcastle could only muster a 0–0 draw at Villa while Sunderland had twice come from behind to beat .

Another set of half-baked proposals from the Football League

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Two summers ago, I stood on the stoop of a pub in Oxford and was interviewed over the telephone by the We Are Going Up podcast about the proposals to introduce reserve teams of Premier League clubs into the Football League.

Met with a volley of outbursts and snorts as it was, the idea was given short shrift in most quarters (aside from Mark Warburton – a man who .

Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

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The Sum of the Parts by Jon Keen
Published byMickle Press
2016, £20.49

Records set outside the uppermost levels of football usually gain no more than a footnote in the record books and rarely enter the consciousness outside of the fan base of the clubs which have set them.

Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

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The Game of our Lives by David Goldblatt
Published byPenguin
2015, £7.99

The Game of Our Lives scooped the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and deservedly so – for this is an all-encompassing overview of the socio-cultural background to British football over the past few decades.

Book Review: When Football Came Home

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When Football Came Homeby MichaelGibbons
Published byPitch Publishing
2016, £12.99

In June this year, Henry Winter will publish Fifty Years of Hurt , a volume that will use England's 1966 World Cup victory as a springboard to examine the fortunes of the national XI over the subsequent half century.

Book Review: Living on the Volcano

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Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Published by Century
2015, £7.99

Michael Calvin stands apart from the main crowd of football journalists in the United Kingdom. His previous book, The Nowhere Men was a fascinating expose of that unsung breed, club scouts; often more familiar with Watford Gap services than Watford FC.

The Argument: Time to Stop Assuming Football Fans are all Thugs

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A few days ago, the Football Supporters' Federation who, along with doing great campaigning work on issues like safe standing and ticket prices, have a solicitor who tries to help fans who get into trouble with the law, tweeted thanks to a legal firm "for successfully representing two fans in civil claim against police for false imprisonment & assault.

The Argument: In the TV Money Era, Don’t Forget the Matchgoing Fan

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The latest in our series sees Terry Clague offer a short reminder to club owners as to which body of people has facilitated their ability to make money out of football in the first place. Terry has previously written for The Anfield Wrap and can be followed on twitter here.


As football and capitalism have developed in recent decades, the former seems to trace the latter's trajectories, .

The Argument: Time for Midweek Afternoon Matches?

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There are well over three million retail workers in the UK, many of whom work more Saturdays than not. Add on public service and transport employees and a whole stack of night shift workers and you a have significant portion of the country that cannot watch football at its traditional time of Saturday at 3pm.

The Argument: Is There Too Much Football on TV?

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When did being a football fan start to feel like such hard work? It's not that there's more football in the world than there used to be. What's changed is the availability and exposure of it all. Anybody with the right sort of television package, mobile phone contract or internet connection should never go more than 24 hours without a game to watch.

The Argument: Against Goal Line Technology

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Escape To Victory was on TV at Christmas. It usually is. It's basically a terrible film but it's full of Ipswich Town players from the early 1980s; like many Ipswich fans, I can recite entire chunks of the film's dialogue off by heart, a skill which comes in very handy when you're trying to clear your living room of drunk people at the end of a party.

The Argument: In 2016, Football is as Political as Ever

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"Write a piece about something that is bugging you" about the game. Blimey, where do you start? Footballs on plinths, rampant corruption, automatic bookings for taking your shirt off, the pointlessness of football phone-ins, York City in the mire of sub-mediocrity? The choice is endless and picking just one thing out is a thankless task.

Book Review: Ahead of the Game

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Ahead of the GamebyGreville Waterman
Published byBennion Kearny
2015, £15.99

This is a remarkable book from Greville Waterman. Weighing in at a colossal 400 pages, it's a sumptuous chronicle of one of the best seasons in the history of Brentford Football Club, a warts and all expose of club's march to the Championship play-offs which, although predicted (kind of) in these quarters, obviously came as .

Football Cities: Exeter

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When football writers talk about provincial footballing sides and cities a few familiar names crop up, such as Nottingham and Derby. These definitely fall into the category of "not London" and smaller than the UK's other major conurbations, but are still relatively large in size and success. When you start heading out to the geographical margins, however, life as a football club is a little less illustrious and more .