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The Square Ball: Season 34, Issue 08

Written by: The Square Ball
Cover artwork by: Tom Lathom-Sharp
The cover of TSB issue 8, featuring a line drawing of Stuart Dallas tinted in blue, by Tom Lathom-Sharp

This is the eighth issue of TSB’s 34th season, ready to celebrate promo… oh, we’re pushing that back a few weeks?

Our cover art is paying tribute to a player we hope is still influencing the lads behind the scenes, Stuart Dallas, drawn by Tom Lathom-Sharp.

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

  • Rob Conlon speaks to Simon Grayson and Glynn Snodin about the night Michel Platini rocked up to Elland Road to celebrate the careers of John Charles and Bobby Collins
  • Our columnist Gaetano Berardi — yes, him! — gives his views on how this season has gone, and his love for Stuart Dallas
  • We round up some of the best and worst final days matches in the Peacocks’ history
  • Your favourite TSB contributors writing about Gruev’s Bulgarian rhythm, Farke’s deal with the devil, promotion uncertainty and Pokémon
  • Click here to preview everything inside this issue
  • Subscribe to get this issue cheap with TSB+ — click here for info

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Click here for more info on subscribing, and choose either TSB+ Mag or TSB Magazine.

Getting the magazine delivered to your home is a very good idea, as it will arrive free of beer stains and torn corners, unless your postie is having a bad morning.

The best way to buy The Square Ball is to subscribe and get every regular issue delivered to your home for the next twelve months.

That way we know how many to print, and we have the money up front to pay the printer. We’ll post anywhere in the world and you won’t miss an issue.

You can get £10 off a subscription to the paper magazine if you buy an annual membership of TSB+. TSB+ gets you all our podcasts advert free, early access and live streaming video of The Match Ball podcast, a digital sub to the magazine, a daily email, discounts and more — and that tenner off getting the paper version delivered.

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 Southampton on Saturday 4th May 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:

Download the PDF here
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 an article by Rob Conlon about the testimonial for John Charles and Bobby Collins back in 1988, when Michel Platini played with Simon Grayson and Ian Rush bagged for Leeds — click here to read that for free for free.

Also free in this issue, BBC Introducing’ Emily Pilbeam on new Leeds music — click here to read that one, and the campaign to save the birthplace of The Square Ball, est. 1989, Aire Street Workshops. Click here to read that..

You can order paper copies of issue eight 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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