• 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 [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on August 6th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Worry Ye Not

    Worry Ye Not

    By TTT Subscriber Neil Mundy (NeilM). As a worrier, the thought of the upcoming season fills me with dread and panic. It’s counter-intuitive, of course – after the sheer thrilling excitement of last season I should really be hungry for more. More mad football, more sensational goals, more of Colin Pascoe’s shorts. But there’s definitely [...]

  • Featured, LFC History, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on August 5th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Liverpool FC 1959 -1990 – a Red Revolution

    Liverpool FC 1959 -1990 – a Red Revolution

    By TTT Subscriber Liam Blake. “The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.” Bill Shankly The history of Liverpool Football Club falls neatly into three eras. The first, beginning with the club’s inception [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on August 1st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    How to Kill a Division

    How to Kill a Division

    By TTT Subscriber Ben Feltham. You can think it in your head – briefly – but do not, under any circumstances, say it out loud. Liverpool Football Club are hatching a plot to take over the football world. It used to be the Boot Room where the plotters would gather to kill a division. It’s [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on July 31st, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Our Time Is Now

    Our Time Is Now

    By Anthony Stanley (TTT Subscriber Dannyluke10). Liverpool can win the league next season. Repeat that to yourself a few times until you’re completely comfortable with this entirely reasonable concept.  It’s been a while since Liverpool fans could think this way and it’s only really occurred a couple of times in the past decade.  Now, consider [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on July 23rd, 2014

    Written by Si Steers

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    Rebuilding an Empire

    Rebuilding an Empire

    By Si Steers. This article originally appeared in the LFC fanzine ‘We are Liverpool’ in April 2014. As a staunch socialist, Bill Shankly was very much a believer in the ideology of the strength of the collective. Shankly once said ‘Chairman Mao has never seen such a show of Red strength’ – a very deliberate [...]

  • Featured, LFC History, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on July 14th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Where Did It All Go Wrong?

    Where Did It All Go Wrong?

    By Dave Cronin. “We’ve been fourth, third, second… There’s only one place left to go!” – Phil Thompson, 2001 The place we went to was fifth. Second place in the Premier League has been the summit of Liverpool’s achievements in the competition since the old First Division was rebranded and last season marked only the [...]

  • Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on July 10th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Dana Scully, Rickie Lambert and the Power of Schemas

    Dana Scully, Rickie Lambert and the Power of Schemas

    By TTT Subscriber Joe Simpson (Wolf Tickets209). The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In my younger days I can remember being continually frustrated with Dana Scully (for different reasons than the majority of teenage boys I’d imagine). My frustration stemmed from the fact [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Youths & Reserves

    Posted on July 4th, 2014

    Written by Krishaldo

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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 [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

    Written by Chris Rowland

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    Transfers – Cost v Worth

    Transfers – Cost v Worth

    By TTT Subscriber Ben Feltham. It all started with an innocuous line on a forum thread: “I’d take Lallana for 15m, but no way 25m”. There it was, writ large in less than ten words, everything that depresses me about this new notion of football support. As much as one can lose it on an [...]

  • Featured, Player In Focus, Subscribers Only, Talking Point

    Posted on June 27th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    Luis Suarez – a Valuable Resource

    Luis Suarez – a Valuable Resource

    By TTT Subscriber Ben Feltham. After the shock and awe of ‘Luis Suarez bites again’, my first rational response was good [Ed: This was written before the ban including domestic football was announcement.]. Before I lose you all as some morally bankrupt fan, allow me to reprise an article I wrote last year about El Pistolero: [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Part Free, Part Subscriber, Talking Point

    Posted on June 26th, 2014

    Written by Paul Tomkins

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    The Problem of Luis Suarez and Two Tribes

    The Problem of Luis Suarez and Two Tribes

    By Paul Tomkins. One thing that has bothered me in the past when defending Luis Suarez – or, if not defending, at least, asking that he be given a fair trial and a punishment commensurate with his ‘crimes’ – is that I got dismissed by many for being part of a tribe, and not seeing [...]

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