Happy Gray days

The Square Ball: Season 33, Issue 05

Written by: The Square Ball
Cover artwork by: Rhys Lowry
The cover of The Square Ball magazine 22/23 issue 05, featuring a drawing of Eddie Gray in a 1960s Leeds United kit, controlling an orange ball, in front of a Scotland flag. It's been drawn by the great Rhys Lowry

This is the fifth issue of TSB’s 33rd season, celebrating Eddie Gray’s 75th birthday and the contributions of the whole family. Including:

  • Our writers on Eddie, Frank, Andrew and Archie
  • Rob Conlon talks to Eddie’s Revie-era understudy and (possible) inventor of the stepover, Chris Galvin
  • Lots of ways of saying ‘dziękuję, do widzenia’ to Mateusz Klich
  • Plus transfers, tattoos, music and (not sorry) more Klich
  • Subscribe to get this issue cheap with TSB+ — click here for info


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Can I buy the magazine at Elland Road?

As always since 1989, barring pandemics and badly timed World Cups, The Square Ball magazine will be on sale outside Elland Road, for the match against Brentford on Sunday 22nd January 2023. Just look out for our windswept but friendly sellers by the Lowfields tunnel, Billy’s Statue, the Kop gates, and anywhere else someone is holding a fanzine in the air, until about fifteen minutes before kick-off.

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You can! If you just want copies of this single issue, you can buy them by clicking here here.

I’m a TSB+ member, where is the online magazine?

TSB+ members can read the magazine online now, either of two ways:

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Read the articles online here

What else is in this issue?

Our now ten times-nominated and two-times FSF Award winning fanzine, plus one for the podcast and as of 2022 one for ‘Fan Media’, includes lots of pages of articles and artwork about what used to be the pain but now is the glory which still involves pain of being a Leeds United supporter, for more than 100 long, long years.

Revie era winger Chris Galvin, interviewed by Rob Conlon
Gray Family special featuring: Eddie Gray against the world, 1970 | Frank Gray, more than a little brother | How Andy Gray strengthened the family link, more than just once | Hoping the story continues with Archie Gray | Eddie Gray against the world, 2004
From the Lowfields, our writers discussing: How Mateusz Klich wrote himself into Leeds history | Victor Orta’s list of quality if-only players | Seeking solace in Klich’s tattoos | How can Leeds improve fast enough to keep up? | A religious experience watching Leeds in Cardiff | Klich, the modern Duncan McKenzie | Lee Chapman, the January transfer striker who worked | How Frieburg are getting on without Robin Koch | TSB+ members’ tributes to Mateusz Klich
Bus to town, for when the game is over: | The Beiderbecke Affair, TV gold | New Leeds music with DJ Emily Pilbeam | Our upcoming matches in history | A last bit of love for Klichy

Can I read something now? For free? Ah go on?

Free to read from this issue is this article by Andy P, about always having Eddie Gray as part of his life supporting Leeds. Click here to read that for free.

Also free in this issue, DJ Emily Pilbeam on the best new Leeds music, because Music Makes Football Better. Click here to read that one.


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