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 […]
By Andrew Beasley. The original version of this article appeared in These Turbulent Times, and the stats (sourced from EPLIndex) were correct up to 29 March 2013. I’ve now updated it to include all of last season so that it covers 1,900 matches worth of data in total, and re-written parts of it accordingly. I have […]
By Daniel Rhodes. These Turbulent Times – Liverpool’s Search for Success (A review by These Football Times click here) Paul Tomkins and Editor Chris Rowland have tried to cultivate a style and standard for TTT, while at the same time encouraging writers and analysts to express and challenge themselves and the site’s readers. These Turbulent […]
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 […]
This is an abridged version of the final chapter of From Where I Was Standing, Chris Rowland’s tale of the trip to Brussels with his usual collection of match-going mates, and how events, after a care-free journey, took a turn for the worse.
The following is a chapter from “Anfield of Dreams”, by award-winning author Neil Dunkin. His article “A Doctor At Hillsborough” appeared on this site in 2010, and can be read here. With the release of the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, this article has been ‘bumped’ to the top of the site. SATURDAY, April 15, […]
To Celebrate ‘Istanbul Day’, this is an extract from “Golden Past, Red Future”, the book I began writing in 2004, and which culminated in an unexpected trip to Istanbul. Subscribers can download a free PDF of this entire book, along with three of my other titles.
Written in 2007 for “Above Us Only Sky: Liverpool FC’s Global Revolution”, this is a chapter on the worldwide nature of the club’s support, and how it has grown over the years. The Word ‘Red’, Spread Around the World With all the fervour of colonial Victorians fired up on Bolivian marching powder, the name of Liverpool […]
Given the difficulty currently being experienced by Roy Hodgson at Liverpool following a relatively successful spell at Fulham, I thought I’d make the following chapter from Pay As You Play available to subscribers to this website. Chapter Three looks at the almost total lack of success when managers move from smaller Premier League clubs to […]
Exclusive to Subscribers of The Tomkins Times, both the Introduction and Chapter One of “Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era” are available as a PDF download.
More so than any other Liverpool manager, Gérard Houllier’s stewardship is characterised by two distinct periods, divided by a single dramatic event: the building up of a very good side, and then failure as he dismantled it following a near-death experience as his aortic valve ruptured.
With Kenny Dalglish apparently in the running for the vacant manager’s job – or at least, throwing his hat into the ring – I thought I’d share the chapter on the Reds’ legendary no.7 from Dynasty: 50 Years Of Shankly’s Liverpool.
May 29th 1985, 6.30pm-after midnight I’ve no idea what the Heysel Stadium is like now; it’s not even called the Heysel Stadium anymore. But on the day that it made history, it was a rickety, ramshackle, crumbling, run-down football and athletics stadium in the north-western part of the Brussels conurbation. Its history involved some Belgium […]
With the latest controversies surrounding Alex Ferguson, and not one but two excellent newspaper pieces finally taking the United manager to task, I thought I’d share this excerpt from a chapter in Red Race. […] By the end of March, the tables had turned not once but twice; Liverpool had thrown away their advantage, and […]
The following is a free-to-read series of excerpts from Chris Rowland’s forthcoming book, “From Where I Was Standing: A Liverpool Supporter’s View of the Heysel Stadium Tragedy”. Chris, now in his mid-50s, has attended all of Liverpool’s last ten European finals. The book covers the travels of a motley crew of Reds to Brussels, before […]
When a manager has less money to spend than his main rivals, and/or less time to build his dynasty and bring through the players his own youth system has helped develop, he needs a point of difference if he is to succeed. Copying the methods of a rival –– especially doing so with lower resources […]