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.
The book is Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football by Daniel Gray. It came from a list that the author compiled in an effort to write his way out of despondency at the state of modern football. It is his answer to the question, “What, beyond the fact that I am locked in an abusive, one-sided relationship with my team, keeps me going to matches, and still caring?” If you find pleasure in seeing football grounds from trains and outfield players in goal, I think you’ll like this book.