Author Archives: Puddleglum

Who will be in the team?

I heard the news about David Cotterill before the game on Tuesday, that he had been given 24 hours’ notice to find a new club. That left me feeling that anything might happen.  So when Ryan Shotton was taken off at half time, I found myself wondering if they had just sold him. Continue reading

Post-truth bubbles

Social media has made it possible for events to be reported almost instantly but the news and views that you read depend on what your smart phones/computers show you. There’s too much information for someone to view it all so the computer programs running social media such as Facebook filter some of it out and just give you the kind of information that you prefer. Continue reading

Worth reading

I don’t have time to write much but want to recommend an article and book that I’ve read recently.

The article, The forgotten story of … Jeff Hall, the footballer whose death turned tide against polio, was in the Guardian yesterday. I haven’t forgotten him. He was my favourite player and I was devastated when he died. As well as being a good but sad read, it has a great photo of him making a sliding tackle on a snow covered pitch.  Continue reading

Losing is not a tragedy

My football disaster vocabulary has been recalibrated this week.  Losing 0-8 at home is horrible but not a tragedy; losing most of your team in a plane crash is. I read that some Birmingham City fans are planning a tribute to Chapecoense at St Andrew’s on Saturday, which seems fitting because our fandom helps us to empathise with the fans whose team has been destroyed. Continue reading

Black and white

Last night I watched Whites vs Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation on BBC 2. It was a reminder of the racial abuse directed at the first black football players in England. I’m glad that such overt abuse is no longer allowed at football grounds but that doesn’t mean those attitudes have been eliminated in our society. Continue reading

Good game

I value football because it can aid social cohesion and help avoid a them‑and‑us mentality.  As Adrian Chiles said on Saturday Live, football is one of the few places where a bin man and a QC might sit and talk together on an equal footing.  It is also a wonderful distraction from everyday concerns.  Continue reading