• By Paul Tomkins, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014

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    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    By Paul Tomkins. Wow, I genuinely didn’t see this coming. The first word I associate with Mario Balotelli is bargepole. As in, don’t go near him with one. That said, £16m for his talent is a steal. But why are AC Milan letting him go quite so cheaply? Once penalties are excluded he has a [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 15th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Season Preview Part 3

    Season Preview Part 3

    By Anthony Stanley (Dannyluke10), Alexander Papas (Yiannis), Paul Grech, Si Steers and Barry Meehan (Bazmeen). We asked several of TTT’s writers, contributors and top posters to dust off their crystal balls and give their thoughts on a number of questions about the coming season. This is the third instalment of their responses. Who will be [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 14th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Season Preview Part 2

    Season Preview Part 2

    By Dan Kennett, James Keen (jimtheoracle), Jon Rushton, Shaul Mitelpunkt (Serpico), Alun Evans (FirePhoenix23) and Daniel Rhodes. We asked several of TTT’s writers, contributors and top posters to dust off their crystal balls and give their thoughts on a number of questions about the coming season. This is the second instalment of their responses. Who [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 13th, 2014

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    Pre-Season Preview Part 1

    Pre-Season Preview Part 1

    By Chris Rowland, Mark Cohen, Andrew Beasley (Beez) and Dave Cronin. We asked several of TTT’s writers, contributors and top posters to dust off their crystal balls and give their thoughts on a number of questions about the coming season. This is the first instalment of their responses. Who will be our most important player? [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on August 12th, 2014

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Three

    TTT Podcast: Episode Three

    The third episode of The Tomkins Times’ Podcast has been recorded. A huge thanks to everyone involved. We went for four guests today, and only mentioned fish puns for twenty minutes before the start. Feedback, as always, welcome in the comments section. Episode Three: Fluid Formations Host: Bob Pearce Guests: Paul Tomkins, Chris Rowland, Daniel Rhodes [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on August 8th, 2014

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    Season 2014-15 – the State of Play

    Season 2014-15 – the State of Play

    By Mark Cohen (TTT Subscriber Maradoo). With the World Cup now a history lesson and the league season almost upon us, it is prescient to begin an analysis of our rivals for the season. Whilst the composition of the teams’ squads is certain to change, the expectation around each team is only likely to increase [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on August 3rd, 2014

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    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    How Chelsea Ruined Football

    By Paul Tomkins. First of all, let me state that, beyond the tense rivalries of recent years, I harbour no grudge with Chelsea Football Club per se. Let me be clear: I am fully aware that it could just as easily have been Liverpool FC that Roman Abramovich purchased in 2003, and then, like any [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

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    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    By Paul Tomkins. A lot has been made of Liverpool signing unremarkable players from unremarkable clubs this summer, having sold their most remarkable player to the world’s most remarkable club (of recent years). There’s no doubt that Liverpool’s squad is stronger (on paper), but is the first XI? Buying exceptional players also improves the squad, [...]

  • Featured, Free, Podcast

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Podcast: Episode Two

    TTT Podcast: Episode Two

    The second fortnightly episode of The Tomkins Times Podcast has been recorded. A huge thanks to everyone involved (including the additional help of TTT subscriber Slick Mud). Feedback, as always, welcome in the comments section. Host: Bob Pearce Guests: Chris Rowland, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Topics: The recent friendlies and what we have learnt, [...]

  • Book Extract, Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis

    Posted on July 29th, 2014

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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 [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History

    Posted on July 25th, 2014

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    The Impossible Job – Managing LFC in the 1950s

    The Impossible Job – Managing LFC in the 1950s

    By TTT Subscriber Andrew Mckay (orton929000). The world of football media is filled with discussions and debates about the greatest or best ever, but the darker realms of the worst are usually overlooked, apart from an occasional sneering article about a club’s most untalented players. This is a shame as studying a team’s unsuccessful periods [...]

  • Featured, Free, Tomkins Rants

    Posted on July 18th, 2014

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    Fuck You, Bantz Boys

    Fuck You, Bantz Boys

    By Paul Tomkins. The fear fans have of being mocked struck me quite clearly yesterday, as I suffered a deluge of Twitter hate. After a week of the TTT book being trolled on Amazon with fake anti-Scouser reviews from fans of other clubs, some Liverpool fans joined in by giving the very idea of the [...]

  • Featured, Free, FSG, In-Depth Analysis

    Posted on July 13th, 2014

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    How Pascal’s Triangle Led to a Mental Season

    How Pascal’s Triangle Led to a Mental Season

    By Joseph Pepper (long-time TTT subscriber). Note from PT: this is TTT’s longest-ever piece, but it’s well worth going to the trouble to read. Print it out and voilà! – you have (almost) a book. (Hell, Joe has already split it into chapters for you.) Part 1. Pascal’s Triangle. “In practical life we are compelled to [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC Finances

    Posted on July 8th, 2014

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    FFP and The Amortisation of Suarez

    FFP and The Amortisation of Suarez

    by TTT Subscriber Daniel Geey. Suarez, Liverpool’s Potential £70m+ Profit and Financial Fair Play With Luis Suarez now close to moving to Barcelona for a reported £70-80m, this piece aims to shed light on how clubs account for the sale and purchase of players and why it is important for Financial Fair Play (FFP) compliance. [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on July 4th, 2014

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    Strengthening the Strong, Weakening the Weak

    Strengthening the Strong, Weakening the Weak

    By Krishen Bhautoo. The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) was initiated by the Premier League and accepted by the 72 Football League clubs on 20 October 2011. The clubs voted 46 in favour and 22 against, with three no-shows and one abstention. According to the Premier League, the EPPP is: … a long-term strategy designed to take [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 1st, 2014

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    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    By Paul Tomkins. The one thing we’re quick to forget is that the future of football is never written in stone. I too am not immune from using precedents as some kind of proof of future success. You can find handy guides,  it is true, but no-one is ever correct in predicting what will happen [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 25th, 2014

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    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    Déjà Vu: Liverpool Players Misused By Hodgson

    By Paul Tomkins. When an ex-Liverpool manager takes charge of half a dozen Liverpool players in a group containing current and ex-Liverpool players, then international football has more meaning for this website. This is, after all, a site dedicated to discussing Liverpool FC, although we will wander off topic now and then. Suddenly, it seems, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free

    Posted on June 22nd, 2014

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    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    The Owl and the Pussy Cats

    By Paul Tomkins. The best thing about England losing both opening games of a World Cup for the first time since 1958 is that a large chunk of the Liverpool squad will be home early for a well-earned rest (even if that rest was earned in the Premier League, not Brazil). The three lions looked [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History, Talking Point

    Posted on June 13th, 2014

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    Curiously Underwhelming: Liverpool at the World Cup

    Curiously Underwhelming: Liverpool at the World Cup

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). The proud heritage and history that Liverpool, as a football club, possesses is reflected in the fact that, since the World Cup began in 1930, only Manchester United has had more representatives at the tournament from English clubs. Liverpool have had sixty seven of their players named in World Cup [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    Tomkins’ Law: Only 40% of Transfers Succeed

    By Paul Tomkins. The title ‘Tomkins’ Law’ was recently assigned to my transfer theory by Dan Kennett, referring to my observation that only 40% of transfers succeed. (Naming a website after myself may seem vain enough as it is – although it was originally intended to be a solo blog – so I must make [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Free, Player In Focus

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014

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    Welcome Back Rickie Lambert

    Welcome Back Rickie Lambert

    By Chris Rowland. It was confirmed today that Rickie Lambert, 32, has signed for Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of about £4m plus add-ons. So here’s a quick look at the classic rags-to-riches story of our new striker. After being released by Liverpool as a youngster – and then suffering the same fate at Blackpool (where manager [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on May 25th, 2014

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    Sports Book Chat: Ned Read, Pickles Magazine

    Sports Book Chat: Ned Read, Pickles Magazine

    Interview by Paul Grech. Given the proliferation of sites where the sole aim is to increase the number of hits through the propagation and invention of transfer rumours, it is easy to give into the temptation of despairing about the current state of football writing. There are so many out there for whom the term [...]

  • Featured, Free, LFC History

    Posted on May 23rd, 2014

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    Star-Crossed Champion – the Tragedy of George Kay

    Star-Crossed Champion – the Tragedy of George Kay

    By Andrew Mckay (TTT Subscriber orton992000). “Affliction is enamoured of thy parts and thou art wedded to calamity” Romeo and Juliet It is a truth universally acknowledged that a football manager in possession of a league championship must not be in want of good fortune. George Kay certainly had his share as he led his [...]

  • Featured, Free, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Talking Tactics

    Posted on May 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    By Alexander Papas (TTT Subscriber Yiannis). When we asked TTT writers a series of questions in our recent Q&A (link to 2 articles), Yiannis replied to some questions in sufficient length to generate an article in its own right! This question could be worthy of articles on its own (so I’ve made it one – Ed!), [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on May 16th, 2014

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    10 Reasons for Liverpool Fans to be Cheerful

    10 Reasons for Liverpool Fans to be Cheerful

    By Neil Mundy (TTT Subscriber NeilM). So it didn’t quite happen after all. 7th to 1st in one season was just that bit too much of a stretch for the sporting scriptwriters. A mere two points (and 14 goals of goal difference) separated Brendan’s nascent Reds from their oil-rich FFP flaunting sky blue counterparts. Still, [...]

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