16 may




Women and Football in England

Eventbrite - LFFW | Women and Football in England

Anna KesselCarrie Dunn and Jacqui Oatley MBE will be discussing the current state of women's football in England.

Millions watched the 2015 Women's World Cup as the England Lionesses roared in Canada, winning bronze. Their fighting spirit and fabulous skill captured the fascination of the entire country as their campaign unfolded in the small hours of the 2015 summer mornings.

On the back of this success, attendances in the FA Women's Super League increased, as interest in women's football grew. Top stars talked enthusiastically about the dawn of a new era for women's football, but under the surface, countless instances of ingrained sexism still emanate from the heart of the FA, with prehistoric attitudes still blighting the game.

The panel will be discussing what the future holds for women's football, from the big bucks and big names of the Women’s Super League, to the state of grassroots clubs in elite divisions. They’ll assess England’s chances in the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, and should the team exceed expectations, what level of respect, recognition and reward they can expect.

Anna Kessel (@Anna_Kessel) is a sports writer for the Guardian and the Observer and the author of Eat Sweat Play. She is also the co-founder and chair of Women in Football.

Carrie Dunn (@carriesparkle) is a freelance journalist. She writes primarily about sport and has covered events from the Olympics to the Ashes. She is the author of Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Popsabout professional wrestling in Britain, and The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England.

The event will be chaired by Jacqui Oatley MBE (@JacquiOatley).  Jacqui is a sports presenter, hosting mostly football for ITV Sport and BBC Sport. She is best known for being the first female commentator on BBC One's Match of the Day, which she went on to present in March 2015. She is an FA qualified football coach and a director of Women in Football.  She also covers darts tournaments on ITV4 and the first female presenter of the BBC's flagship sports news radio show, Sportsweek, on BBC Radio 5 Live.

17 MAY



Chaired by MARCUS SPELLER from The Football Ramble

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics

Eventbrite - LFFW | The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics

We are delighted to present the launch of Michael's new book The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, From Route One to False Nines, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition.

Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically.

And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence.

The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson’s directness to Keegan’s relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho’s cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri’s counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

Michael Cox is one of the most respected football journalists working today and he has made his name through writing highly entertaining in-depth tactical analysis. He is the editor of Zonal Marking, a football blog dedicated to tactics, and writes regularly for the Guardian and ESPN. The Mixer is his first book.

The event will be chaired by Marcus Speller from The Football Ramble.

18 MAY




A National Tragedy: Football, Community and Working Class Culture

Eventbrite - LFFW | A Yorkshire Tragedy: The Rise and Fall of a Sporting Powerhouse

Anthony Clavane, Rory Smith and Priya Ramesh will be discussing how the rapid deindustrialisation of the 1970s and 1980s and the destruction of traditional, mutually self-sustaining communities has deeply affected the sporting, and footballing, culture in these areas.  

The discussion draws upon the contents of Anthony's recent book A Yorkshire Tragedy: The Rise and Fall of a Sporting Powerhouse.  For the past 30 years, something has been missing from British sport. For some it has lost its heart and soul. Anthony Clavane argues that it has lost its Yorkshireness, which possibly amounts to the same thing.

A Yorkshire Tragedy is the final part of Anthony Clavane's triptych that examines belonging, identity and the rise and fall of tightly knit sporting communities through the prism of the author's own personal experience.

Anthony Clavane (@LUFCPromised) was born in Leeds. He started life as a history teacher and is a former chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror who is now a freelance writer contributing to The Blizzard, The New Statesman and The Guardian. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His previous book Promised Land was named Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club and the Radio 2 Book Club.

Rory Smith (@RorySmith) was born in Yorkshire and joined The Times as one of its leading football writers in 2012, having previously written for the Daily Telegraph, and he now writes for the New York Times. He worked with Rafa Benitez on Champions League Dreams, and is also author of Mister: The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game.

This event will be chaired by Priya Ramesh (@Priya8Ramesh) who is a freelance writer on Dutch football, writing for Benefoot, StatsBomb, FourFourTwo, The Guardian, Bleacher Report, and more.

19 MAY


JONATHAN WILSON in conversation with ED MALYON

Angels With Dirty Faces: A Footballing History of Argentina

Eventbrite - LFFW | Angels With Dirty Faces: A Footballing History of Argentina

Jonathan Wilson will be in conversation with Ed Malyon to discuss his latest book Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina

Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Román Riquelme, Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi ... Argentina is responsible for some of the greatest footballers on the planet. Their rich, volatile history is made up of both the sublime and the ruthlessly pragmatic.

Argentina is a nation obsessed with football, and Jonathan Wilson, having lived there on and off during the last decade, is ideally placed to chart the five phases of Argentinian football: the appropriation of the British game; the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan Perón led the country into isolation; a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fútbol; the fusing of beauty and efficacy under César Luis Menotti; and the ludicrous (albeit underachieving) creative talent of recent times.

More than any other nation Argentina lives and breathes football, its theories and myths. The subject is fiercely debated on street corners and in cafes. It has even preoccupied the country's greatest writers and philosophers.

Angels with Dirty Faces is the definitive history of a great footballing nation and its many paradoxes.

Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) is the author of Inverting the Pyramidwhich won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His other books include Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European FootballSunderland: A Club TransformedThe Anatomy of England: A History in Ten MatchesNobody Ever Says Thank You, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper; and The Anatomy of Liverpool. He writes for the GuardianSports Illustrated and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.

Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) is the Sports Editor for The Independent.

20 MAY



Chaired by MINA RZOUKI

London Fields: Football in the Capital

Eventbrite - LFFW | London Fields: Football in the Capital

Steve Tongue's Turf Wars: A History of London Football  inspired this special panel event on football in London. Steve will be joined on the panel by Phillipe Auclair, Jacob Steinberg and chair, Mina Rzouki. They will discuss the city's rich and vibrant footballing history, from the standout non-league sides that rose to the professional ranks, to the biggest names with their enduring presence in the Premier League. As this year's season comes to a close, the panel will ask, what next for the capital's clubs after thus tumultuous and exciting season?

Few cities in the world have as many professional football clubs as London. It was in the English capital that the Football Association - the first of its kind anywhere - was founded in 1863 and that the FA Cup, the world's most famous domestic cup competition, was born.

After the North and Midlands dominated the first forty-odd years of league football, three clubs in particular - Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea - began to challenge them and eventually succeeded, joining West Ham United as trophy winners not only at home but in Europe.

Between those four clubs, and more than a dozen other professional clubs past and present, grew the turf wars that are the bedrock of the great rivalries and derbies across England's most vibrant football city. 

Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) has been a correspondent with France Football for nearly two decades, and is a prolific freelance journalist, most notably for SFR Sport and contributing to The Blizzard and 8by8. He is the author of the award-winning Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King and the bestselling author of Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top. He lives in London.

Steve Tongue (@stevetongue) was born in Walthamstow and brought up at Leyton Orient and he saw his first match in 1957. After a spell on the Waltham Forest Guardian, he became football correspondent of LBC Radio. Spells with the London Daily NewsSunday CorrespondentBBC RadioThe Independent and The Independent on Sunday followed. He's covered nine World Cups, nine Euro Championships and two Olympic Games; he is the author of World Football, David Beckham: Fifty Defining Fixtures and Turf Wars: A History of London Football, which inspired this event.

Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) is a football and tennis writer for the Guardian, a Blizzard contributor and a regular on the Football Weekly podcast

The event will be chaired by Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki). She is a European football expert who covers the Italian, Spanish and German leagues.  She analyses Serie A action on BT Sport, rounding up European football news on CNN and TRT World and writes for ESPN, Football Italia and more. She is also a frequent contributor to BBC 5 Live's World Football Phone-in Show and BBC Sportsworld debate panel.