2021-22 | Issue 05


TSB’s 32nd season can give you what you want, even if the January transfer window won’t: shiny new things!

Our new issue five is busier than Elland Road’s fax machine, coming out when Newcastle bring Chris Wood to see us again at Elland Road on Saturday 22nd January 2022. You’ll be able to get a copy for yourself from our sellers outside the ground. And if you love the cover, see below (or click here now!) to find out about buying that as a t-shirt.

Getting the magazine delivered to your home is also 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 subscription to TSB+, our digital bundle. 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.

There’s more information about subscriptions here, and our easy subscription builder will walk you through the process.

If you don’t want to subscribe — why not?! — you can buy our fifth issue of the season on its own right here, and we’ll post it out as soon as it’s printed.

As always our eight times-nominated and two-times FSF Award winning fanzine (plus one for the podcast) includes lots of pages of articles and artwork about what used to be the pain but now is the glory which also involves pain of being a Leeds United supporter, for more than 100 long, long years.

This time we’ve got big interview with Leeds Rhinos’ legend Danny McGuire, talking to Rob Conlon about growing up wanting to play for United, then more than making his dreams come true with score after score at Old Trafford in a decade of glory.

We’ve also got on staying up, playing Football Manager to prove we’ll stay up, signing Norwegians to help us stay up, plus Sam Greenwood, Joffy Gelhardt, keeping your soul and not throwing stuff at players. Even the horrible ones.

The cover artwork from this issue, by Josh Parkin, celebrates the legendary commentator Juan Manuel “el bambino” Pons’ singing his way through Stuart Dallas’ goal against Burnley, and you can wear it on a very smart t-shirt. Click here to get well dressed for next time you’re singing down a microphone.

You can order paper copies of issue five from this page now, and they’ll be sent out after the Newcastle game. The digital pdf version is also available to buy here now.

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

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