2022-23 | Issue 07


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This is the seventh issue of TSB’s 33rd season, with cover artwork featuring some very worried looking people by Arley Byrne.

There are loads of articles inside inspired by the madness of playing away at Wolves — and, it turned out, the second half against Crystal Palace. Any chance of being at all normal, Leeds? Not if history is anything to go by. We’ve also got a big feature by Rob Conlon on Howard Marks’ time living in Leeds, plus plenty about what’s been happening on or near the pitch.

  • Matches that were either maddening or could send you that way
  • Rob Conlon on what brought Mr Nice to Dirty Leeds
  • Views on American owners in Venice, the revival of Junior Firpo, Meslier’s future and more
  • Plus love for Robin Koch, Eddie Gray outside Dixy Chicken, new music and art
  • 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 seventh 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 Liverpool on Monday 17th April 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 Howard Marks, aka Mr Nice, and his time living in Leeds by Rob Conlon
A Madness Matches special featuring: Revie’s team forgetting to defend | Gordon Strachan and Vinnie Jones saving the day | UEFA Cup drama with PSV | Mark Viduka warming up for that Liverpool game, against Spurs | a record scoreline at Elland Road | Dom Poleon ruining Watford’s party
From the Lowfields, our writers discussing: what American owners have done for Venezia FC | getting used to not being good | Junior Firpo’s late bid for Klich status | remembering David Rocastle | seeing Eddie Gray outside Dixy Chicken | the future for Illan Meslier | gambling sponsors and disconnection | Neil Warnock’s big promise of a decade ago | what’s in a manager’s name? | what Rodrigo can learn from Cruyff
Bus to town, for when the game is over: | art by George Storm Fletcher | new Leeds music with DJ Emily Pilbeam | our upcoming matches in history | why we love Robin Koch (yes, his tash)

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

Free to read from this issue is this article by Chris McMenamy, about travelling to watch Venezia FC in Serie B and finding an American takeover and Adryan o the other bench. 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 George Storm Fletcher’s work, as seen in Leeds Artists Show 2023, is here.

You can order paper copies of issue seven 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