The Square Ball is a Leeds United fanzine, printed eight times a season and sold at Elland Road and online. This is the home of the digital edition of the magazine.
TSB was founded by Ian Dobson in the famous 1989-90 promotion season. Its dedicated team of writers witnessed the club win the league, our journeys in Europe, and our subsequent plummet into League One.
In the summer of 2009, with the fanzine facing extinction, a team from the loosely affiliated chat forum decided to take on publication duties, meaning TSB has been published continuously from its birth in 1989 to the present day.
The new team relaunched the website, started selling digital copies of the magazine and added a podcast to the TSB stable.
In 2011, TSB won the inaugural Fanzine of the Year award at the Football Supporters Federation awards ceremony. Famously, the glass trophy didn’t make it home intact. The Square Ball was a finalist in this category every year for the next seven and once again won the award in 2014 – this time rather sensibly awarded a less-brittle metal trophy.
Early 2019 saw the addition of The Extra Ball, a weekly paid subscription podcast. This was followed, at the start of the 2019-20 season, by The Match Ball – another free show recorded every match day at full time.
In late 2019, the podcast was shortlisted for Club Podcast of the Year in the annual awards, staged by the newly rebranded Football Supporters Association.