Book Recommendation: The Bottom Corner

By Ryan Ferguson

In August 2015, I had the pleasure of speaking to respected journalist Nige Tassell as he wrote a book on non-league football. We met before and after the debacle of the Kidderminster home game, and Nige was keen to hear my views on a lifetime supporting Rovers through thin and thinner.

In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best time for me to deliver coherent responses. We were failing handsomely to adjust to life outside the Football League, and defeat at Altrincham threatened to plunge Tranmere into another existential crisis. However, we had a pleasant conversation, and I later bumped into Nige at the Forest Green away game a few months later.

Now, more than twelve months on, the book has been published. The Bottom Corner: A Season With the Dreamers of Non-League Football is available from all good book shops, and you can buy it online by clicking here. It includes my insights, and seeing them printed in a book is genuinely thrilling.

But the real reason to buy this book is to enjoy Tassell’s sharp, humorous and often touching journey through a non-league season. His trips to Tranmere are recounted in satisfying detail, including the Kidderminster game and revealing meetings with Mark Palios, Gary Brabin and James Norwood. Those extracts make this a great addition to the bookshelf of any Rovers fan.

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