Sep 12
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BOOK REVIEW: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FOOTBALL CLUB: HOW SPURS FANS SHAPED THE IDENTITY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CLUBS
MARTIN CLOAKE & ALAN FISHER (PITCH PUBLISHING, 2016) ISBN 978-1-78531-188-8
HARDBACK; 256 PAGES; £17.99

Rather than produce a history of the team and their exploits, authors Martin Cloake and Alan Fisher have instead turned their attention to a history of Tottenham Hotspur through the fans. In doing so they explore the questions of community, identity and the concept of what “the idea” of Tottenham Hotspur means.

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Aug 29
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This week sees the start of the EFL (or more correctly the Checkatrade) Trophy fixtures. The Football League, in its wisdom, chose to restructure and rebrand from the 2016-17 season with the EFL Trophy being one of the outcomes of that exercise.

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Aug 11
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Football had enjoyed a somewhat long-lived presence in India, having been introduced by the British military in the nineteenth century, with a strong early presence in the colonial capital, Calcutta. The three classic domestic competitions the Durand Cup, the Rovers Cup and the IFA Shield date from 1888, 1891 and 1893 respectively. The game was dominated by regimental teams before the First World War, although the first Indian team is believed to be Mohun Bagan (formed in 1891). A pivotal moment came in 1911 when Mohun Bagan defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment to win the IFA Shield.

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