2022-23 | Issue 06


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This is the sixth issue of TSB’s 33rd season, with cover artwork featuring Wilf Gnonto by John Tregoning. You can buy a print of this cover art by clicking here.

Inside are loads of articles inside about cup games at Elland Road — they did happen — and the latest, er, ‘stuff’ on the pitch. Including:

  • Our writers on famous cup ties at Elland Road, because we don’t get these any more
  • Rob Conlon on Javi Gracia’s playing career, and a calm contribution to a wild Basque derby
  • Views on Jesse Marsch, the board, and the general state of things
  • Plus babies being born, Luke Ayling, Skubes, new music and photography
  • Subscribe to get this issue cheap with TSB+ — click here for info


How do I subscribe? Or read online?

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.

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

If you don’t want to subscribe — why not?! — you can buy our fifth issue of the season 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 Brighton on Saturday 11th March 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.

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 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.

A feature on Javi Gracia playing in a wild Basque derby, by Rob Conlon
A Home in the Cup special featuring: semi-final chaos in 1910 | creative ticketing from the Leeds board in 1950 | Gordon McQueen punching David Harvey | Brenden Ormsby (if you know, you know) | a tactical intervention from Daniel Amokachi | Gary Kelly’s worldie against Wigan
From the Lowfields, our writers discussing: the hectic confusion of Jesse Marsch’s Leeds | our self-inflicting post-Bielsa dismantling | Luke Ayling’s authenticity | the player Brenden Aaronson could be | tragedy chanting, and how the Premier League could tackle it | Jesse Marsch and Hamlet | Max Wöber, the stoic we needed | we have a song about winning, so let’s win sometimes | How Frank Strandli was meant to be the new everybody | from Michael Skubala to Johnny Giles, managers in polo shirts | a new baby and a match at Old Trafford | watching Leeds when you can feel the doom
Bus to town, for when the game is over: | new photos of Leeds from artist Hannah Platt | new Leeds music with DJ Emily Pilbeam | our upcoming matches in history | why we already love Javi Gracia

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

Free to read from this issue is this article by Patrick Gunn, about Max Wöber, the RB player we needed from the start. 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 a selection of artist Hannah Platt’s photos of Leeds are here.


You can order paper copies of issue six from this page 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.

Additional information

Weight 0.145 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 1 cm
The Square Ball