• Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on March 12th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    From Gilgamesh to Jesus, from Theseus to Rodgers

    From Gilgamesh to Jesus, from Theseus to Rodgers

    By Anthony Stanley. For the past few months, I’ve been teaching creative writing. Now that’s not me being ostentatious in making that statement, the facility I teach in is for heavily marginalised individuals – some of whom are homeless or possess a chronic addiction.  So I’m not trying to claim that I’m a literary lion. [...]

  • Featured, Podcast, Talking Point

    Posted on March 11th, 2015

    Written by Daniel Rhodes

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    TTT Pod #12: The Momentum of Sentimentality

    TTT Pod #12: The Momentum of Sentimentality

    Including: Bob Pearce, Chris Rowland, Barry Meehan (Bazmeen) and James Keen (Jimtheoracle) Topics: Why do many fans of other clubs react so negatively to Liverpool (the Gerrard song, Suarez and Blackburn in particular the other day); how does the captain get back into the team?; the momentum of sentimentality; does the captaincy matter?; Can Can Captain?; what’s [...]

  • Featured, Free, In-Depth Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point

    Posted on March 6th, 2015

    Written by Dan Kennett

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    Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes

    Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes

    By Dan Kennett. 23rd November 2014 Crystal Palace: 3 (Gayle 17’, Ledley 78’, Jedinak 82’) Liverpool: 1 (Lambert 2’). The headlines in the collection of newspaper reports on www.lfchisory.net (complied by TTTer Graeme Riley!) make grim reading: Liverpool endure new indignity [Times] Liverpool backbone ruptured by Bolasie as Palace claim victory of heart and mind [Guardian] [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 26th, 2015

    Written by Bob

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    Footballers, Hotel Rooms and Prostitutes

    Footballers, Hotel Rooms and Prostitutes

    By Bob Pearce. Footballers, Hotel Rooms and Prostitutes. They are inseparable. They are also inconsistent, intangible and perishable. Just like in the movies sometimes, I’m starting around the middle somewhere to grab your attention. Alternative title 1 ‘Tomkins’ Law explained’ We talk about transfers as though we can know what we are getting for our [...]

  • Featured, Free, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on November 26th, 2014

    Written by Krishaldo

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    Ramblings of a Madman on 2014/15

    Ramblings of a Madman on 2014/15

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). The idea of this piece (written before the Palace match) is really to get things straight in my own head. After the magnificence of 13/14 and coming so close to winning the league, we have stumbled into something that resembles mediocrity. No, not resembles, is mediocrity. Slap bang in the [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on November 24th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    I Want Him To Do It Again

    I Want Him To Do It Again

    By Paul Little. I’ve only ever wanted one manager to be shown the door at Liverpool. And that manager was Roy Hodgson. Despite how others struggled, or flattered to deceive, Hodgson was the only one I wanted to go because he was the only one I didn’t want there in the first place. Not all [...]

  • Featured, Post Match Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 21st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    QPR (a) – Embrace the Anarchy

    QPR (a) – Embrace the Anarchy

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). We’ve been here before. Yes we have. Don’t argue, don’t list the negatives (of which there were many), don’t moan, forget Enrique’s demonstrable lack of grey matter on a pitch, overlook apparently sulking strikers, and don’t dwell on defensive lines dropping too deep. Because you’ve been here before so [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Talking Tactics

    Posted on October 15th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 3.

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 3.

    By Bob Pearce. Jordan Henderson: ’My first, my last, my everything’ In part 2 it was shown that all four formations that Rodgers can be expected to use this season had a standard foundation of a back four and a Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP). The decision on who, from the limited options of Allen (75), Henderson (75) or [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    WBA: “I’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better”

    WBA: “I’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better”

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). It’s a crisp, sunny afternoon as we make our way to the King Harry to collect our match tickets.  It feels more like mid-August than October, which is apt really – maybe it’s just me, on a rare jaunt to Anfield – but there seems to be a renewed [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 7th, 2014

    Written by Si Steers

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    Reinvention: Time as Important as Money

    Reinvention: Time as Important as Money

    By Si Steers. In the post-apocalyptic world of Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool, there was always going to be a period of reinvention required. The blueprint that took us so close to the title was heavily reliant on the speed of Sturridge and the unpredictability of Suarez. Without both players the team dynamic has had to [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 3rd, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 2.

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 2.

     By Bob Pearce. In part one I matched each player and each team role against a table of 30 physical, mental and technical elements. I then used a scoring system to match these player profiles against the role requirements to get a Player/Role Requirements Rating (P/RRR). To help remove some of the ‘noise’ from the [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on October 1st, 2014

    Written by Tony Mckenna (Macattack)

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    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 2)

    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 2)

    By Tony Mckenna (TTT Subscriber Macattack). In Part 1  Tony looked at the search for a winning formula in football. Today he explores the chance occurrences that can lead to success.  “Reality is a very subjective affair… you can get nearer and nearer, so to speak, to reality; but you can never get near enough because [...]

  • Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Tony Mckenna (Macattack)

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    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 1)

    Black Swans, Purple Patches and Blueprints (Part 1)

    By Tony McKenna (TTT Subscriber Macattack). This summer it allowed ITKs (In The Knows) to correctly predict 50,000 of the top 10 transfers that actually occurred…when three football matches flapped their wings in Africa it caused a perfect storm in North East England…it proved that not all injuries are necessarily a bad thing…even though it [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on September 28th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Anthony’s View of the Match – Everton (H)

    Anthony’s View of the Match – Everton (H)

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). The clichéd draw that felt like a defeat, but strangely, I’m not too despondent. In fact, I’m encouraged. To delve into another cliché, it was only ever going to be a strike of a lifetime that could rescue a point for the Blues. We looked completely in control – [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 24th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 1

    Measuring Strength in Depth – Part 1

    By Bob Pearce. I have previously talked about the idea of an elements model. This had 30 elements grouped into Physical elements (e.g. Strength, Speed, Height, etc.), Mental elements (e.g. Concentration, Vision, Patience, etc.), and Technical elements (e.g. Tackling, Close Ball Control, Accurate Long Passing, etc.) that could be grouped together in a huge variety [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on September 22nd, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Anthony’s Armchair Review – West Ham (A)

    Anthony’s Armchair Review – West Ham (A)

    by Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). Twenty minutes into the game and the beer tastes rancid as the fear is returning.  Slowly but inexorably, the fear is returning. All day I’ve been breathlessly looking forward to this; time to banish the ghosts of the Villa debacle, to regain our mojo following the less than convincing [...]

  • Fan Initiatives, Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 17th, 2014

    Written by Krishaldo

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    View From the Other Side: Season Preview

    View From the Other Side: Season Preview

    By Krishen Bhautoo (TTT Subscriber Krishaldo). To get a grasp of the feelings other teams have about the season ahead and how they did in the transfer window, I emailed two or three forums from each Premier League side to ask their opinions. A slightly underwhelming response in general, but huge thanks to those who [...]

  • Interactive, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on September 17th, 2014

    Written by Beez

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    TTT Predicts: An Amazing 2014/15

    TTT Predicts: An Amazing 2014/15

    By Andrew Beasley (Beez). Last season, we ran the site’s first-ever prediction competition (and here are the results). After Liverpool finished 2012/13 with sixty-one points, the group prediction for the following season was a reasonably modest improvement to seventy-three points. As we all well know, Brendan Rodgers’ men smashed past that tally and finished with [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on September 15th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Anthony’s Armchair Review – Villa (H)

    Anthony’s Armchair Review – Villa (H)

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT subscriber Dannyluke10). Bad day at the office. One of those nights. It’s just not happening for them. Rinse and repeat ad nauseam. The sound bites are as predictable as they are hackneyed. And as ever with the facile observations of the mainstream media, they are nonsense. As far back as I can remember, I have looked [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on August 28th, 2014

    Written by Bob

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    I’ve Seen the Future of Football …

    I’ve Seen the Future of Football …

    By TTT Subscriber and podcast host Bob Pearce. “Success for us is a moving target – we’ve got to keep moving, keep stretching ourselves.” Brendan Rodgers In a constantly changing environment, where competitors are evolving, catching up and even surpassing you, every advantage is sought out, extracted and exploited in an attempt to first survive, [...]

  • 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

    Written by Chris Rowland

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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, Interactive, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on August 11th, 2014

    Written by Beez

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    TTT Predicts 2014/15

    TTT Predicts 2014/15

    By TTT Subscriber Andrew Beasley (Beez). Last season, we at The Tomkins Times ran the site’s first ever prediction competition, and who should come out on top when the results were compiled but the subscriber who predicted that Liverpool would win every single game! It was that kind of crazy season. The stakes are far higher for Brendan [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point

    Posted on August 8th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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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 [...]

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