Taking Our Ball Back: English Football's Culture Wars

Taking Our Ball Back is an anthology of writing on the business and culture of football. Drawn largely from my regular blogs for the New Statesman, the collection also features work from a variety of specialist football sites and publications including The Football Pink, Thin White Line and In Bed With Maradona. The book is already gaining critical praise. Tony Evans of The Times calls it "a brilliant, brilliant read" while Dispatches from a Football Sofa labels it "football writing at its finest". Steve Redhead, professor of sports media and leading authority on fan culture, says: "Martin Cloake is the best writer on the politics of football culture today." Taking Our Ball Back is available as a paperback or ebook from Amazon.

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