The Square Ball: Season 34, Issue 03

Written by: The Square Ball
Cover artwork by: Marija Marković
The cover of TSB 23-24 issue 3, celebrating Pablo's winner against Swansea with lettering to say 'Gola gola gol' and cutout pictures of Pablo scoring and celebrating

This is the third issue of TSB’s 34th season, which seems like it might be getting… good? Our cover art is a celebration of Pablo Hernandez’s winner against Swansea in 2020 by Marija Marković, taken from our 2024 charity calendar (that you can buy to raise funds for Leeds Cancer Centre by clicking here).

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

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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 Plymouth on Saturday 11th November 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 eleven 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 descent into the madness of Pablo Hernandez and the Kings League Click here to read that for free.

Also free in this issue, Jack from Leeds band Static Caravan on the players he would take to his, er, static caravan — click here to read that one.

You can order paper copies of issue three from our online shop now, and they’ll be sent out as soon as they’re printed. To read a digital version online, please become a TSB+ member, with a one month free trial, here.

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


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Georginio Rutter, after being subbed off, is picked out by a photographer in the West Stand, as he looks up across the crowds with joy on his face
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