Episode 954: English Football’s North-West, How Centralisation Kills, Wenger’s Abrupt U-Turn, GAA Lucre
It’s less than three full days since Ireland lost to Serbia and already it seems like ancient history as events continue to hurtle past at startling speed…
losing to serbia will be worth it in the long run if it teaches ireland to stop shooting from stupid positions https://t.co/m8w9v0y65c
— Ken Early (@kenearlys) September 6, 2017
The Premier League has voted unilaterally to close the transfer window early, La Liga is planning to play games abroad for marketing purposes, and Arsene Wenger has casually performed a U-turn that appears to renounce some of his most fundamental beliefs.
Why Arsene Wenger has given up on FFP and is now open to welcoming all foreign investment: https://t.co/PhUqsWh1zM
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) September 8, 2017
But today we are talking to Simon Hughes, author of the new book “On The Brink: A Journey through English football’s North-West”.
Inside Liverpool’s Sunday leagues. Last season, Home Bargains FC dreamt of the Super Bowl. On the Brink extract. https://t.co/q09oXEAlFx
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) September 8, 2017
The north-west is English football’s heartland. You can find every level of football there, from tiny local sides to some of the biggest clubs in the world. It was also the cradle of industrial capitalism and perhaps the first region that industrial capitalism chewed up and spat out.
Simon’s book looks at how football in the region has been affected by these big processes, the things that have changed, and the things that stay the same.
Plus there’s Joe Brolly’s GAA, bad internet, Brexit and UKIP, Burnley’s micro climate and the tentacles of the City Football Group.
— ManCityAllan (@BlueMoonAllan) September 8, 2017
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