The Square Ball: Season 34, Issue 02

Written by: The Square Ball
Cover artwork by: Arley Byrne
The front cover of TSB 23-24 issue 02, with artwork by Arley Byrne showing cartoon drawings of Daniel Farke's head around text reading 'Unbelievable hard'

This is the second issue of TSB’s 34th season, and we just be starting to like this Daniel Farke guy. Our cover art is a celebration of his many moods drawn by Arley Byrne, summed up in the words that best describe Farke’s work so far: ‘Unbelievable hard’.

There’s unbelievable much inside this issue, all of it unbelievable good.

  • Rob Conlon speaks to former players and staff from Leeds Cougars, the gridiron team that was here long before the 49ers
  • Our new columnist Gaetano Berardi — yes, him! — writes about want-away players, and what it’s like when someone wants to take your place
  • Moxco on the most significant aspect of Joel Piroe’s arrival, listing five strikers who wore no.7
  • Plus moaning loaners, explaining the transfer window to children, the joy of uniting Sam Byram and Archie Gray, peacocks, new music and art
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  • Subscribe to get this issue cheap with TSB+ — click here for info

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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 Watford on Saturday 22nd September 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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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.

Click here to preview everything inside this issue

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

Free to read from this issue is Rob Conlon’s story of Leeds Cougars bringing gridiron to 1980s/90s Elland Road, long before the 49ers got here. 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 — and Flora Snelson speaking to Saff Jarvis about how it feels to start playing the game we love.

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As Howard Wilkinson always used to say, thank you for your magnificent support. ⬢


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