Falling for Football editedby Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald Published by Ockley Books 2014, Â£11.99 [F]alling for Football is a highly significant book and not just because of the way it expertly conjures up why we fall for the sport, its tribulations and tensions, its vitality and emotion, in the first place.
[L]ast month The Economist hit the headlines for publishing a distinctly unflattering portrait of several British towns including Wolverhampton, Hull, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. As the stats - for unemployment in particular, but also educational standards, welfare cuts and numbers of empty retail units - made clear, the towns and cities in question are undeniably enduring tough times.
[I]t's been a fine season for flops across the divisions. Unfair though it may be, many a neutral has taken pleasure at the continued turmoil at Blackburn Rovers over the past 12 months and one of our regulars particularly cited Danny Murphy's role in their ongoing decline. Having arrived with great expectations, the Rovers captain not only failed to lead the Lancastrians back to the Premier League but also found himself stripped of the armband under Michael Appleton.
[O]ne of the more emotive of political causes in recent times has been the plan to build a new high speed rail line between London, the North of England and the Midlands; the now notorious High Speed 2 project â€“ often abbreviated to plain HS2. With construction due to begin in 2017, the plan is for the line to extend north westwards from Euston station in the capital to Birmingham before branching in the shape of a Y towards Manchester and Leeds.
[O]n August 1, the peerless blog The Swiss Ramble published an invaluable presentation of the profit and loss accounts for Championship clubs in the 2011-12 season. Of course much has happened since including the arrival in the competition of Queen's Park Rangers; a club the financial wealth of which will be decidedly byzantine and worthy of a week-long series of articles.
[O]n Tuesday, England produced a highly encouraging 6-0 win over the auld enemy at Under-21 level. It has been, however, a miserable summer for the Three Lion Cubs. Here, our resident expert on youth football and designer of our rather fabulous site logo, Ben Piggott runs the rule over the possible reasons for England's failure in the U20 World Cup in particular.
[A]lright. Whose idea was it to kick off our thematic predictions with a loan category...? Do people realise that it's still July? In defence, although the days are but early, loans have become such a key aspect in every club's year-on-year recruitment that transactions are happening much earlier than they might have previously.
[T]he hubbub engulfing our League 1 and League 2 previews this week has highlighted the sensitivity of the average football fan. Now it's time for the Championship, a division in which, contrary to appearances, not quite all the teams start with B. Barnsley The high farce of the Tykes' last minute escape against Huddersfield confirmed David Flitcroft's emergence as one of the Football League's most promising managers in April but there will be a nervousness about the season to come â€“ a horrific 6-0 home defeat against Charlton sat amid a bevy of notable results in the run in and.
The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season.
Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.
[T]he stethoscope we have applied to the Football League over the past week has revealed a not altogether satisfactory heartbeat and the fact that the weaknesses section of our study has been easily the most read does indicate that there is concern for the competition's health among supporters.
[A]s the three divisions of the Football League steel themselves for life without npower and this website prepares for a month long summer break, we thought it would be appropriate to give the competition as a whole a health check, minus thermometers, but deploying that now established method of the SWOT analysis â€“ beloved of the world of Business but pretty much applicable for any large organisation.
[H]aving made a number of appearances on podcasts in recent years including Two Footed Tackle andThe Tilehurst End, our founder writers Lloyd and Lanterne Rouge are perhaps inclined to go in the corner and hide, such are the demands of stationing oneself behind the microphone. Hence, we are in admiration of anyone who has stuck at it, let alone done it really well indeed.
Mike Phelan's odds of becoming the new Middlesbrough manager have tumbled, making him the new favourite for the job. Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant has overtaken Tony Pulis as the frontrunner to land the Riverside Stadium hot-seat. Phelan has been out-of-work since being told he would not be needed as part of David Moyes' backroom [.
Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters by Daniel Gray Published by Bloomsbury 2013, Â£12.99 ... [A]t times reading Daniel Gray's Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is, despite the ugliness of the title, a joyous experience; an author who clearly enjoys using language talking with warmth and wit about football, people and social history.
[W]hen we started The Two Unfortunates back in 2009, one of our formative influences was Mike Baker, purveyor of Smog Blog, a site devoted to all things Middlesbrough FC. Like Teesside's favourite delicacy, the parmo, Mike would plunge you into a gooey concoction of overspending, unlikely UEFA Cup appearances and Scottish imports, served with a huge dollop of world weariness.
[T]o put it mildly, it's been a calamitous 2013 so far for Middlesbrough Football Club. Here, Mike Baker, a pioneer with his outstanding but sadly now defunct Smog Blog and a contributor to our series of posts previewing the season back in August, assesses a decline that the Roman Empire itself would have been proud of.
[A]mid the relentless cacophony of last Friday's transfer deadline day, Radio Five Live's needlessly exhaustive coverage did include an interesting discussion on the whys and wherefores of signing players from the former Soviet Union in the light of Liverpool's failed bid to take Yevhen Konoplyanka to the club from Dnipro.
Poor Rafa Benitez he's been feeling a little hurt by the actions of several ungrateful Chelsea fans at Riverside stadium following the Blues' FA Cup 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough yesterday. The result has granted them a quarterfinal meeting against Man United but despite the result, a section of Chelsea supporters have continued to jeer at him during matches because of his long-standing association with rivals Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez has finally let the water-off-a-duck's-back approach to the hostile treatment he's received since arrived at Chelsea slip as he hit out at the club and its supporters. The Blues boss also confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the season. He criticised the club's hierarchy for undermining his position by [.
Kei Kamara has continued his good run of form since his move to England. The Sierra Leone international scored his third goal for Middlesbrough since he moved to the club in their 4-1 win over Yeovil Town. Here's the rest of this week's update.
Active without a club or unknown Jose Burciaga Julio Cesar Doug DeMartin Edson Elcock Brian Fekete Mauro Fuzetti Willy Guadarrama Aaron Hohlbein Mike Jones Jonathan Leathers Scott Lorenz Amir Lowery Akeem Priestly Scott Sealy Shavar Thomas Diego Walsh
MLS Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 82 minutes in Montreal's 1-0 loss to Houston.
Here's a break down of how transfer deadline day in the UK has gone with regards to Sporting Kansas City forward, Kei Kamara.
First thing this morning while most KC fans were still in bed, word came out of northern England that Kamara was on a flight to England to finalize a deal for a move to Middlesbrough in the English Championship.
[T]hedismissal of Lee Clark from his last job inspired our then second most read post of all time and that he clings on for grim life at Birmingham City might seem incredible. To boot, he's been allowed to completely overhaul the squad in a ferocious frenzy of downsizing. But Birmingham International Holdings remain in charge of the second city club for the moment, with acting chairman Peter Pannu benefitting strongly from emoluments of various hues, providing therefore an illustration of the thinking behind the continuation of Clark's sinecure.
Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 chances of note in the whole game, both by James Wilson and were well beaten by the end.
Tales from the Secret Footballer Published by Guardian Books November 2013, Â£7.99 [T]he Secret Footballer columns run by The Guardian for three years or so now have been an entertaining sideshow to the usual Premier League spotlight but in recent months, interest in this cleverly nurtured phenomenon has dropped off a little â€“ for there can be very little doubt now that the man in question is Dave Kitson.
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Liverpool has cashed in Â£6m for England winger Stewart Downing after paying Â£20m for him only two seasons ago. The 29-year-old joins West Ham on a 4-year-deal and will rekindle with former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. The left winger, who began his career at Middlesbrough before joining Aston Villa failed to live up to expectations at Liverpool and was highly criticized by the high price-tag that Kenny Dalglish paid for him.
South Korean K League rivals Jeonbuk Motors were 2-1 down to Seongnam on Wednesday evening when a Seongnam player went down injured in his own box. After the stoppage, former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-Gook attempted to return the ball to the Seongnam keeper, but struck it a little too hard and ended up planting a long-range screamer in the top-right corner.
You might assume that the practice of two English clubs facing one another abroad was a recent invention, something adopted as part of the Premier League's plan for global domination, however that assumption is far from correct. We haven't quite reached the point where a Premier League match is hosted abroad, but that can't be too far away, however friendly matches involving two English clubs are commonplace in the pre-season calendar (America and the far East being the two favoured destinations).
Need some company for the working day? How does nine hours of Tony Mowbray playing the saxophone solo of Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street sound? You can get on with your work, and Tone will keep wailing away in the background. For nine hours. This masterpiece of hilarious pointlessness is the work of the Football Ramble.