The Ugly Game book available now!

I’m really pleased to announce that a book based on this blog is now available. Buy it now!


It has the same format – essays comparing different aspects of the NFL and English football – but is substantially expanded, updated and revised. Buy it now or read a sample chapter.

It was published in early February 2015 through Pitch Publishing, home among others to writers like David Tossell (NFL Europe’s director of public affairs and author of Grovel, the highly acclaimed story of the ’76 England-Windies test series).

You can order a copy here:

Book cover

If you have enjoyed any of the writing on this site – or know anyone interested either in football or the NFL – please spread the word. You can also read the introduction and first chapter of the book here.

One final note on the contents of this site: while the book is being finalised and permissions sought for quotes and images (some of which I used initially under a non-commercial licence before the possibility of publication occurred), I’m taking down all of the previously posted essays. All that is except the one on the Ian Culverhouse game, which seems to attract considerable traffic and features only images cleared for use. You can find it here:

Once the usage rights situation becomes clearer, I hope to republish the essays on the site.


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