• Book Reviews, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on October 10th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Book Review: Il-Re Calcio by Paul Grech

    Book Review: Il-Re Calcio by Paul Grech

    Il-Re Calcio – Stories from Italian Football by Paul Grech Il-Re Calcio means football is king. Football reigns over many other sports across the world. During the World Cup, football rules over governments and countries, regardless of geography. Football is the hierarchical dictator of sport, and with its current governing bodies, reflects everything that is [...]

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    Posted on June 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review: 2013/14 Season In Review

    Book Review: 2013/14 Season In Review

    by TTT Subscriber John P. Houghton. My review of Liverpool FC 2013/14 Season In Review: Poetry In Motion can be summed up in six words. [1] The same six words that describe how I still feel about last season: I didn’t want it to end. Published barely a month after the season’s climax, and edited [...]

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    Posted on March 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sports Book Chat: Dave Roberts

    Sports Book Chat: Dave Roberts

    by Paul Grech. “Very slick but a bit soulless.” Dave Roberts could easily be talking about modern football when he utters that phrase but he’s actually talking about one of its particular aspects: programmes. For generations these were an integral part of the match-going experience; a way of getting a bit of a peak behind [...]

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    Posted on February 3rd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Robert Enke; a Lesson to be Learnt

    Robert Enke; a Lesson to be Learnt

    By Paul Grech. When I was starting out blogging, the most popular articles would invariably be those looking at young players. There seems to be an insatiable desire to get to know of prospects before anyone else; to be able to make predictions about a player’s place and future in the team. As the years [...]

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    Posted on January 29th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review: The Anatomy of Liverpool

    Book Review: The Anatomy of Liverpool

    By Chris Rowland. With Jonathan Wilson, author of ‘Inverting the Pyramid’ being one of our favourite football writers, this book was always going to be one worth checking out. And it is indeed pretty much compulsory reading for Reds fans. Subtitled “A History in Ten Matches” and with a by-line that says “Jonathan Wilson with [...]

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    Posted on January 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Author Chat: Daniel Gray

    Book Author Chat: Daniel Gray

    By Paul Grech. One of the questions that I was asked during my Italian ‘O’ Level oral was to locate ‘Lazio’ in Italy.  Given that most of my knowledge of Italy was based on what I had read in the various football magazine, it was somewhat obvious that my reply would be “in Rome”.  After [...]

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    Posted on December 12th, 2013

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    The Best Liverpool FC Books This Christmas

    The Best Liverpool FC Books This Christmas

    By TTT. By no means an exhaustive list of the books available, this is a recap of some of those to have been reviewed on TTT, plus info about our own book, These Turbulent Times. As well as those reviewed below, this week sees the release of Jonathan Wilson’s book on Liverpool FC, looking at [...]

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    Posted on November 4th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Interview With Jed Davies, Football Coach and Author

    Interview With Jed Davies, Football Coach and Author

    By Arnar Steinsson. Jed Davies is author of ‘Coaching the Tiki Taka Style of Play’. Arnar interviewed Jed for TTT on Youth Development back in August. Hi Jed welcome back to The Tomkins Times and congratulations on the book being published. I would like to ask you first of all what inspired you to write it? [...]

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    Posted on October 29th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review: The Red Machine, by Simon Hughes

    Book Review: The Red Machine, by Simon Hughes

    By Paul Grech. When I first heard that Simon Hughes was going to publish a book where he had interviewed eleven former Livepool players from the eighties to get their views of what made the side so successful, I thought that it was a great idea but, perhaps, not a highly original one. After all, [...]

  • Book Reviews, Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on October 21st, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sports Book Chat: Arnie Baldursson

    Sports Book Chat: Arnie Baldursson

    By Paul Grech. Some time in the late eighties, the BBC issued a documentary called The Official History of Liverpool FC.  With a football-illiterate father and no one to talk to about my growing obsession with the game, that video was played on a semi-permanent loop to the extent that eventually I learnt it all [...]

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    Posted on October 16th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Bill Got Up. Bill Walked. Bill Walked Alone.

    Bill Got Up. Bill Walked. Bill Walked Alone.

    By TTT Subscriber John P. Houghton (John P Hughton). This is a review of Red or Dead, David Peace’s book about Bill Shankly. We’ve already carried one review, by Andrew McKay, but as Andrew’s did, this has its own distinctive view of the novel: Red or Dead, David Peace’s new novel about the life of Bill [...]

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    Posted on September 9th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Author Chat: Michael Calvin

    Book Author Chat: Michael Calvin

    By Paul Grech. Each day thousands upon thousands of words are written about football. A lot of it is fluff; guess work by those who either wrongfully imply to have contacts within the game or else argumentative nothing by people trying to show how clever they are. There is very little which gives you real [...]

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    Posted on September 6th, 2013

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Review: The Way Forward by Matthew Whitehouse

    Review: The Way Forward by Matthew Whitehouse

    Euro ’96 was the last time I got excited about England. There was also, a brief moment, after Sol Campbell’s ‘winner’ against Argentina under Hoddle in 1998. Not a big return for (a fan of) a country that plays host to “The World’s Greatest League’, produced the “Golden Generation” and saw fit to ignore Brian [...]

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    Posted on September 1st, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review – Liverpool Heroes

    Book Review – Liverpool Heroes

    By Chris Rowland. Liverpool Heroes, by Ragnhild Lund Asnes. The author, a red from Norway north of the Arctic Circle – cue predictable joke from Evertonians – is a radio host, journalist, blogger (aren’t the last two pretty indistinguishable these days?) and writer. This, her second official club book following Liverpool Hearts’ in 2010, was [...]

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    Posted on August 27th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review: “Red or Dead” by David Peace

    Book Review: “Red or Dead” by David Peace

    By Andrew McKay. There’s no doubt that Bill Shankly is the most iconic figure in Liverpool’s history, but the inherent problem is that people usually keep their awed distance from icons and so never get close enough to see them clearly. This results in the well-intentioned but frustrating Shankly heritage industry, which too often offers [...]

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    Posted on August 14th, 2013

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    Review: ‘For the Liverpool Fans Who Think Deeper’

    Review: ‘For the Liverpool Fans Who Think Deeper’

    A review of The Tomkins Times’ new anthology by freelance football columnist Paul Little on F365 (Click Here for original article) As a football mad lad growing up in Dublin in the 1970s and 80s, I looked forward to every Saturday evening when my Dad or brother would come in with the now defunct Evening Press [...]

  • Book Reviews, Featured, Subscribers Only

    Posted on July 31st, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Sports Book Chat … The Numbers Game

    Sports Book Chat … The Numbers Game

    By Paul Grech. In the beginning, there was Moneyball. Well, not really.  What kicked off sport’s interest in statistics was an underground movement in baseball headed by Bill James and which eventually made its way into the mainstream in the form of statisticians being employed by clubs. It was James who coined the term ‘sabermetrics’ (the [...]

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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 [...]

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    Posted on June 3rd, 2013

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    Statistical Truths Detailed in “The Numbers Game”

    Statistical Truths Detailed in “The Numbers Game”

    By Zach Slaton. In the Premier League’s inaugural season of play the most expensive team cost £6.5 million to field, and it belonged to Liverpool. All 22 teams’ payrolls that 1992/93 season totaled £90.5 million, a sum surpassed by the individual payrolls from a quarter of the teams in the league’s 20th season. The least expensive [...]

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    Posted on March 27th, 2013

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Book Review – Bill Shankly: The Lost Diary

    Book Review – Bill Shankly: The Lost Diary

    By Chris Rowland. When I think of Bill Shankly, I think of how he spoke – as distinctive as a speech by Churchill or a song by Sinatra. Yet reading this book I didn’t hear that voice. I didn’t hear ‘todee we pleed wi’ greet coheesion, eeeh…’ Instead I hear a measured, ordered, calculating yet [...]

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    Posted on November 27th, 2012

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Football Manager Stole My Champions League Dreams

    Football Manager Stole My Champions League Dreams

    Paul Grech reviews Football Manager Stole My Life for TTT – and as it’s the busiest week of year for online sales, we’ve reproduced a few of his other book-related pieces, to help with decisions on Christmas presents. For some LFC-related Xmas gifts, click here. Football Manager Stole My Life Given a choice of what game to [...]