• Book Extract, Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on July 29th, 2014

    Written by Beez

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    How Did Liverpool Improve in 2013/14?

    How Did Liverpool Improve in 2013/14?

    By Andrew Beasley (Beez). This article was written exclusively for the new Tomkins Times book ‘They Dared To Dream: How Rodgers’ Liverpool Went So Close’, which you can purchase from Amazon here. Brendan Rodgers forged his managerial reputation at Swansea City on the back of a possession-heavy philosophy, and it was widely expected that this [...]

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    Posted on October 28th, 2013

    Written by Beez

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    Better With The Ball? It’s Just A Shot Away

    Better With The Ball? It’s Just A Shot Away

    By Andrew Beasley. The original version of this article appeared in These Turbulent Times, and the stats (sourced from EPLIndex) were correct up to 29 March 2013. I’ve now updated it to include all of last season so that it covers 1,900 matches worth of data in total, and re-written parts of it accordingly. I have [...]

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    Posted on July 31st, 2013

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Delivering The Very Best

    Delivering The Very Best

    By Daniel Rhodes. These Turbulent Times – Liverpool’s Search for Success (A review by These Football Times click here) Paul Tomkins and Editor Chris Rowland have tried to cultivate a style and standard for TTT, while at the same time encouraging writers and analysts to express and challenge themselves and the site’s readers. These Turbulent [...]

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    Posted on July 5th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sports Book Chat With Paul Brown

    Sports Book Chat With Paul Brown

    By Paul Grech. Every day, professional writers and amateur bloggers (as well as amateur writers and professional bloggers) write tens of thousands of words analysing every aspect of every level of the game of football. Sadly, most of this writing deals with utterly predictable and uninteresting transfer chatter (which is often the work of an [...]

  • Book Extract, Chris Rowland, Featured, Free

    Posted on May 27th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Heysel, 27 Years On – Book Extract

    Heysel, 27 Years On – Book Extract

    This is an abridged version of the final chapter of From Where I Was Standing, Chris Rowland’s tale of the trip to Brussels with his usual collection of match-going mates, and how events, after a care-free journey, took a turn for the worse.

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    Posted on September 12th, 2012

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Death in the Afternoon

    Death in the Afternoon

    The following is a chapter from “Anfield of Dreams”, by award-winning author Neil Dunkin. His article “A Doctor At Hillsborough” appeared on this site in 2010, and can be read here. With the release of the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, this article has been ‘bumped’ to the top of the site. SATURDAY, April 15, [...]

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    Posted on May 25th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Magical Mystery Tour: Istanbul, 2005

    Magical Mystery Tour: Istanbul, 2005

    To Celebrate ‘Istanbul Day’, this is an extract from “Golden Past, Red Future”, the book I began writing in 2004, and which culminated in an unexpected trip to Istanbul. Subscribers can download a free PDF of this entire book, along with three of my other titles.

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    Posted on February 11th, 2011

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Word ‘Red’, Spread Around the World

    The Word ‘Red’, Spread Around the World

    Written in 2007 for “Above Us Only Sky: Liverpool FC’s Global Revolution”, this is a chapter on the worldwide nature of the club’s support, and how it has grown over the years. The Word ‘Red’, Spread Around the World With all the fervour of colonial Victorians fired up on Bolivian marching powder, the name of Liverpool [...]

  • Book Extract, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 19th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Why ‘Small Club’ Managers Don’t Work at ‘Big Clubs’

    Why ‘Small Club’ Managers Don’t Work at ‘Big Clubs’

    Given the difficulty currently being experienced by Roy Hodgson at Liverpool following a relatively successful spell at Fulham, I thought I’d make the following chapter from Pay As You Play available to subscribers to this website. Chapter Three looks at the almost total lack of success when managers move from smaller Premier League clubs to [...]

  • Book Extract, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on September 23rd, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    “Pay As You Play” – Exclusive Chapter for Subscribers

    “Pay As You Play” – Exclusive Chapter for Subscribers

    Exclusive to Subscribers of The Tomkins Times, both the Introduction and Chapter One of “Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era” are available as a PDF download.

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    Posted on September 9th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Gérard Houllier: The “Dynasty” Chapter

    Gérard Houllier: The “Dynasty” Chapter

    More so than any other Liverpool manager, Gérard Houllier’s stewardship is characterised by two distinct periods, divided by a single dramatic event: the building up of a very good side, and then failure as he dismantled it following a near-death experience as his aortic valve ruptured.

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    Posted on June 18th, 2010

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Dalglish the Manager – “Dynasty” Chapter

    Dalglish the Manager – “Dynasty” Chapter

    With Kenny Dalglish apparently in the running for the vacant manager’s job – or at least, throwing his hat into the ring – I thought I’d share the chapter on the Reds’ legendary no.7 from Dynasty: 50 Years Of Shankly’s Liverpool.

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    Posted on October 14th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    At The Heysel (From Where I Was Standing)

    At The Heysel (From Where I Was Standing)

    May 29th 1985, 6.30pm-after midnight I’ve no idea what the Heysel Stadium is like now; it’s not even called the Heysel Stadium anymore. But on the day that it made history, it was a rickety, ramshackle, crumbling, run-down football and athletics stadium in the north-western part of the Brussels conurbation. Its history involved some Belgium [...]

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    Posted on October 9th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Ferguson vs Rafa vs Referees (Excerpt from Red Race)

    Ferguson vs Rafa vs Referees (Excerpt from Red Race)

    With the latest controversies surrounding Alex Ferguson, and not one but two excellent newspaper pieces finally taking the United manager to task, I thought I’d share this excerpt from a chapter in Red Race. [...] By the end of March, the tables had turned not once but twice; Liverpool had thrown away their advantage, and [...]

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    Posted on September 28th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    From Where I Was Standing – Chris Rowland on Heysel

    From Where I Was Standing – Chris Rowland on Heysel

    The following is a free-to-read series of excerpts from Chris Rowland’s forthcoming book, “From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter’s View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy”. Chris, now in his mid-50s, has attended all of Liverpool’s last ten European finals. The book covers the travels of a motley crew of Reds to Brussels, before [...]

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    Posted on September 19th, 2009

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Disciples of Discipline – Sample Chapter from Red Race

    Disciples of Discipline – Sample Chapter from Red Race

    When a manager has less money to spend than his main rivals, and/or less time to build his dynasty and bring through the players his own youth system has helped develop, he needs a point of difference if he is to succeed. Copying the methods of a rival –– especially doing so with lower resources [...]