21 MAY



Chaired by

Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to Premier League Big Business

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Eventbrite - LFFW | Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to Premier League Big Business

Join sports lawyer Daniel Geey and Vaishali Bhardwaj as they talk about Daniel’s new book Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to Premier League Big Business for what promises to be an illuminating discussion on the world of the transfer business.

Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, this highly accessible book explores the issues – from pitch to boardroom – that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans.

Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.

Daniel Geey (@FootballLaw) is one of the UK's most highly respected sports lawyers. He is the author of Done Deal An Insider's Guide to Football Contracts, Multi-Million Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business. His clients include Premier League and Champions League football clubs, agencies, rights holders and other sports companies. Named a Next Generation lawyer and 'leading light' by Legal500, Daniel is the media's go-­to man when complex legal matters need to be explained to a wider audience. He has appeared on Sky Sports, Sky News, BBC, CNN, BT Sport, Bloomberg, TV2, BBC Radio 4 and TalkSport, and contributed to the Telegraph and the Independent.

The event will be chaired by Vaishali Bhardwaj (@VaiBhardwaj), who is an experienced sports journalist and broadcaster, currently working for the London Evening Standard. She is also a regular pundit for Sky Sports, Premier League and CNN – with the highlight of her career coming when she covered the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

22 MAY



Chaired by

Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink

Eventbrite - LFFW | Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink

Tony Evans' recent book Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink has inspired this special panel event on football in Liverpool. Tony will be joined on the panel by Simon Hughes, Melissa Reddy and chair, Ceylon Andi Hickman. Using the 1985/86 season as a starting point, the group will discuss the city's rich and vibrant footballing history. Both clubs have had their share of domestic and European football glory over the past thirty years but they’ve also battled through unprecedented social and political changes that saw a city fight back against the establishment’s efforts to promote the region's 'managed decline'.

Cup Final Day, 1986, and the eyes of the world are on Liverpool and Everton as they walk out on to Wembley’s lush green turf. Pumped with pride and passion, the two best teams in Europe are about to engage in a gladiatorial battle in front of 100,000 fanatical supporters. But this is not just another match, another cup final. On this warm day in May, the future of English football – and a city’s reputation – is on the line.

A year before this momentous Cup Final, Liverpool fans had been involved in the Heysel disaster. Thirty-nine people had died in the decaying stadium – a tragedy which cast a long, dark shadow over the sport. English clubs were banned from Continental competition, and football reached its lowest point.

Tony Evans’s Two Tribes recalls the tumultuous 1985/86 season and the titanic struggle for supremacy between the two great Merseyside clubs. Set against a backdrop of social and political turmoil, it reveals the full impact of Thatcher’s policies, the vibrant northwest music scene and the burgeoning anti-establishment vibe on the streets and on the terraces.

Giving voice to players, managers, politicians and musicians, Two Tribes follows the remarkable twists and turns of a season and how Merseysiders took over London for one unforgettable day with deafening chants of ‘Merseyside! Merseyside!’ ringing around Wembley Stadium.

Ultimately, this is the story of Liverpool’s renaissance and Everton’s private agony, masked by a show of solidarity and communal spirit on the day, and how a season which began in shame ended in pride.

Tony Evans (@TonyEvans92a) is a former columnist and football editor for The Times. He is the author of Two Tribes, Far Foreign Land and I Don’t Know What It Is, But I Love It, and is now a writer and pundit. Before becoming a journalist, he spent his twenties following Liverpool FC and playing in bands, including a stint with The Farm. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) is a journalist and author. He covers Merseyside football in the Independent and travels elsewhere for the Sunday Telegraph. His titles include Red Machine, which won the Antonio Ghirelli Prize for Italian Soccer Foreign Book of the Year 2014. He has also written On the Brink, Secret Diary of a Liverpool ScoutMen in White Suits and Ring of Fire.

Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) is the Senior Football Correspondent at FootballJOE and has conducted in-depth interviews with the game's leading figures such as Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino. She specialises in long-form content across digital and broadcast platforms, where she also contributes to Premier League Productions, Sky Sports, BBC 5 Live and Fox Singapore amongst others. 

Ceylon Andi Hickman (@CeylonAndi) has worked in the football industry since graduating in the summer of 2017, first with the FA and now as Head of Female Participation at the education charity, Football Beyond Borders. She is a player herself and a lifelong Liverpool fan, with personal connections to the blue side of the city too. Ceylon has featured on various podcasts, including The Guardian's Football Weekly, Anfield Index and Kick it Outcast.

23 MAY



Chaired by

Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football

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Eventbrite - LFFW | Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football

After his sold-out event at the last LFFW, we are delighted to welcome back Michael Cox to launch his latest book Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football. This very special event will be chaired by Adam Hurrey.

Continental football has always cast a spell over the imagination. From the attacking flair of Real Madrid of the 50s to the defensive brilliance of the Italians in the 60s and onto the total football of the Dutch in the 70s, the European leagues have been where the game has most evolved and taken its biggest steps forward. And over the last three decades, since the rebranding of the Champions League in 1992, that pattern has continued unabated, with each major European footballing nation playing its part in how the game’s tactics have developed.

From the intelligent use of space displayed by the phenomenal Ajax team of the early 90s, to the dominance of the highly strategic Italian league in the late 90s and onto the technical wizardry of Barcelona’s tiki-taka, the European game continues to reinvent the tactical dimension of the game, creating blueprints which both club and national teams around the world strive to follow.

In Zonal Marking, Michael Cox brilliantly investigates and analyses the major leagues around Europe over specific time periods and demonstrates the impact each has made on how the game is now played. Highly entertaining and packed full of wonderful anecdotes, this is the first book of its kind to take an overview of modern European football, and lays bare just how much the international language of football can be shaped by a nation’s unique identity.

Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) 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. He is the author of The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics.  Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football is his second book.

Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) is a Telegraph football writer and production journalist and the author of Football Clichés.

24 MAY



Chaired by SUZY WRACK

The Making of the Women's World Cup

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Eventbrite - The Making of the Women's World Cup

Kieran TheivamCarrie Dunn and chair Suzy Wrack will be discussing all things women's football - covering the current climate of the game in Britain, the Lionesses’ progress under Phil Neville and the exciting prospects for this summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup. The event also marks the release of Kieran's book The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sport's Coming of Age, which contains a foreword by England legend Kelly Smith.

The exciting story of one of the fastest growing sports in the world, played by over 30 million girls and women. 

Over 25 million people tuned in for the Americans' 2015 Women's World Cup final victory - the most-watched football match in United States history. 

The Making of the Women's World Cup details the most incredible tales from previous Women's World Cups, including:  

  • Carli Lloyd's 13-minute hat trick and the worldwide movement set off by 2015

  • How Japan made their country smile for the first time since the devastating tsunami

  • The USA's World Cup triumph on home soil in 1999

  • Germany's back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2007 

  • Marta's magic: The birth of a Brazilian icon

  • How Kelly Smith announced her arrival with the kiss of a boot

  • The beginnings of Australia's golden generation 

  • The 122nd-minute USA equalizer against Brazil: the quarterfinal that changed everything

  • The dawn of the Lionesses: England joins world elite through tears of joy and despair

Kieran Theivam (@KiersTheivam) started following women's football in 2009 and began covering the game in 2011, first by blogging, before launching the UK's first podcast dedicated to the women's game in 2013. Since then, he has written for various national outlets both in the United Kingdom and United States, while acting as an expert voice for radio stations including BBC 5Live and BBC World Service. He has covered a World Cup, European Championships and Champions League Finals, while cultivating relationships with players and organisations from various parts of the globe.  He is the author of The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sport's Coming of Age.

Carrie Dunn (@carriesparkle) is a writer and broadcaster. She has reported on the last two Women’s World Cups for the Times and for Eurosport.com, and regularly features on radio and television discussing and commentating on women’s football - as she will this summer when the tournament is in France. She is the author of The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England (2016) , one of the Guardian's best sports books of the year, and the forthcoming sequel, The Pride of the Lionesses, out this autumn.

Suzy Wrack (@SuzyWrack) is the Guardian’s women’s football writer. She was shortlisted for writer of the year at the Football Supporters Federation awards and highly commended for best new media initiative at the Women’s Sports Trust Be a Game Changer awards. 



25 MAY


DANIEL STOREY in conversation with

250 Days: Cantona's Kung Fu and the Making of Manchester United

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Eventbrite - LFFW | 250 Days: Cantona's Kung Fu and the Making of Manchester United

The final night of this year’s LFFW sees award-winning journalist Daniel Storey discuss his latest book which explores one of the most infamous incidents in Premier League history - that Cantona kung-fu kick. Daniel will be in conversation with United fan Carl Anka in what promises to be an insightful, engrossing and unforgettable end to the Festival.

25th January 1995

A cold winter’s evening. Manchester United away against Crystal Palace at a packed-out Selhurst Park. Eric Cantona, United's mercurial talisman, has been man-marked closely all game by Richard Shaw and become increasingly frustrated. In the 48th minute, Cantona’s temper boils over and he kicks out at Shaw. The ref shows him a red card. On his way off the pitch, a Palace fan rushes towards the hoardings to hurl abuse. The Frenchman loses it. He launches into the crowd, aiming a kung-fu kick at the fan’s chest. He is forcibly restrained and then taken off down the tunnel. The football world is stunned. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

What followed has entered football folklore: the media furore, the seagulls following the trawler, and the longest domestic ban ever handed to a player; it would end up lasting 250 days. As Manchester United’s campaign stuttered towards a trophy-less conclusion, surrendering the league on the last day of the season and losing the FA Cup final, Cantona withdrew from the public eye. But, behind closed doors, Ferguson was planning the most remarkable of fresh starts for his star player and for a new-look United.

250 Days tells the story in brilliant detail of one of the most turbulent times in United’s recent history. Showing Cantona in a new light, and the genius of Ferguson’s man management and vision in close relief, it is an incredibly entertaining and insightful look at the most controversial episode of the Premier League era.

Daniel Storey (@DanielStorey85) is an English journalist and author. The Deputy Editor of Football365 until October 2018, Storey was named the Football Supporters Federation ‘Football Writer of the Year’ for 2016. He has written for The Independent The Set Pieces, The Daily Mirror, The Guardian, Sky Sports and Vic.

The event will be chaired by Carl Anka (@Ankaman616), a journalist, writer and broadcaster living in London who believes, deep down, everything can be explained using professional wrestling. You can find his musings on the BBC and The Athletic, and sometimes he helps at The Players Tribune too.