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The Square Ball: Season 34, Issue 05

Written by: The Square Ball
Cover artwork by: Tom Lathom-Sharp
Cover of TSB magazine 23-24 issue 5, featuring Pat Bamford scoring his goal against Peterborough as drawn by Tom Lathom-Sharp

This is the fifth issue of TSB’s 34th season, and we’re making the most of the best goal we’ve seen for ages.

Our cover art celebrates Bamford’s banger against Peterborough, and the kit it was scored in, as drawn by Tom Lathom-Sharp.

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


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If you don’t want to subscribe — why not?! — you can buy this issue on its own by clicking here, and we’ll post it out as soon as it’s printed.

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 Preston on Sunday 21st January 2024. 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.

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 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 our selection of six (plus a couple) goals that should count as ours. Click here, scroll down to issue 5, and read about Batty, Sheridan, Whelan and Huckerby, Milner, Robinson and Blake for free.

Also free in this issue, BBC Introducing’ Emily Pilbeam on new Leeds music — click here to read that one, and a catch-up with new Leeds band The Slates — click here for that.


You can order paper copies of issue five 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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