Note: subscribers to The Tomkins Times can download eBook PDFs of four of the following titles. Details at the bottom of this page.



Golden Past, Red Future

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2005. Debut book, written during the 2004/05 season, and published shortly after I returned from Istanbul.

#1 Amazon Football Chart

4 starsFourFourTwo

“A must-read… worth every penny…”

“The very soul of Liverpool Football Club underpins the entire book” Programme & Football Collectable Monthly

Red Revival

2006. A look at the 2005/06 season, culminating in the FA Cup Final at Cardiff.

#1 Amazon Football Chart

“A fascinating, erudite examination of Rafael Benitez’s ongoing efforts at taking Liverpool Football Club to a position among the few clubs at the very top of British football.”

The Red Review

2006. Written with statistician Oliver Anderson. A statistical look at the 2005/06 season. Limited print run, no longer available.


Above Us Only Sky

2007. A look at the global impact of Liverpool FC, centred around the 2006/07 season and the changes in ownership. The book was not reprinted despite demand because of the behind-the-scenes unrest at the club at the time.


“A compelling account of the globalisation of football.” The Weekly News

#1 Amazon Football Chart

# 38 Amazon Book Chart Top 40

An Anfield Anthology

2008. Best-of collection of internet articles and unpublished essays written between 2000 and 2008. (Can be bought in conjunction with Compendium by clicking on image below for the latter book.)

Briane Reade:

A logic, perception and optimism that brings hope and solace to many fans in this knee-jerk age

4 starsFourFourTwo

Dynasty: 50 Years of Shankly’s Liverpool

2008. A look at the eight men to have managed the club since Bill Shankly’s appointment in 1959, as well as all the players to have played under them. Ranges from anecdotal accounts to unique new analysis, to help better understand the different challenges each faced.

“A unique analysis of the club’s managers, which is no mean feat … informative… another perspective on the last 50 years.” Programme & Football Collectable Monthly

Vic Gill, Shanks’ son-in-law:

The best writer on LFC, bar none. A prolific, talented writer, but also a very knowledgeable and passionate Red.

4 starsFourFourTwo

#1 Amazon Football Chart, 10 straight months in Amazon and FourFourTwo football Top 10.


2008. Collection of best bits from Golden Past, Red Future, Red Revival and Above Us Only Sky, with the entire chapters on Istanbul, Cardiff and Athens. Also includes additional analysis from Dynasty, which had to be omitted due to page limit.

Red Race: A New Bastion

July 2009. A look at the 2008/09 season, and the improvements made in mounting a serious title challenge, with a detailed look at the resources needed to win the title in the Premiership era.

From Where I Was Standing

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October 2009. Written by long-time Red Chris Rowland (veteran of all 10 European finals since 1966 and Brains Truster on Dynasty), From Where I Was Standing is Chris’ personal account of the Heysel tragedy, from the journey to Brussels through to the aftermath and ramifications.

Free eBooks

Subscribers to The Tomkins Times can download free eBooks of my four of my five main titles: “Golden Past, Red Future”, “Red Revival”, “Above Us Only Sky” and “Red Race: A New Bastion” (PDF format). Also available is the Red Race Fact Pack.

The two compilation books (“An Anfield Anthology” and “Compendium”) are excluded, as is “Dynasty”, which is now back in print and still selling fairly well, 18 months on. (Plans for an updated version have been put on hold.)

To order “Dynasty” or “From Where I Was Standing”, click on the image links on the right-hand side of the page.