Rob Atkinson
Rob Atkinson was born in West Yorkshire in 1961, and has lived there all his life. He is married, with one daughter who lives and works in York.

Having worked for many years in the voluntary sector as a Welfare Rights adviser and freelance trainer, he has been occupied as a carer for the past few years, working also as an actor, proof-reader and copy editor. Rob is currently writing a book about the bad and worse times of following his first and most enduring love, Leeds United AFC as well as two works of historical fiction.

When he is not treading the boards in various theatres around Yorkshire, he is to be found somewhere near his computer station at home - reading the work of authors he admires (George MacDonald Fraser, Leslie Thomas et al), and, suitably inspired and influenced, writing for publication.

Rob's other interests include local and national history, astronomy and cricket. His well-established and globally-read blog, Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything can be accessed here.

Entries by Rob Atkinson

Labour Party Putsch: The Traitors' Dilemma

(22) Comments | Posted 1 July 2016 | (15:54)

The die is cast, the ringleaders are known, their motives are nakedly obvious for all to see. The Parliamentary Labour Party coup, conceived months ago to be hatched when the timing was right, has not gone well so far. Firstly, several previous anticipated opportunities have failed to materialise. Jeremy Corbyn's...

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Elbow Merchant Fellaini Should Not Have a Palace Date at Wembley

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (18:17)

Louis van Gaal, the current manager of Manchester United, is a confusing figure. Frequently disarming and able to display a self-deprecating humour, he's occasionally also abrasive and blinkered. Sometimes, he's just downright weird, a facet of his personality that came to the fore after the most recent act of thuggery...

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Spurs as Champions? The Very Idea Lacks That Ring of Authenticity

(7) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (17:37)

If Tottenham Hotspur finish this season in a Champions League qualification place and - more importantly, in the eyes of many of their fans - above loathed North London rivals Arsenal, then this season will be deemed by the vast majority of those fans to have been a resounding success....

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Leicester City Are on the Brink of 'Doing a Leeds' - In a Good Way

(1) Comments | Posted 4 April 2016 | (17:20)

The Premier League season, which has been simmering away for the past eight months or so, is now coming nicely to the boil - and it looks set fair to produce quite the most appetising and satisfying feast of the Murdoch era so far. Not for over twenty years have...

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High Time Sheffield Wednesday Fans Admit that Leeds United Are Yorkshire's Top Club

(27) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (13:05)

This article originally appeared in my own blog "Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything".

If you hang around long enough as a football fan, it can't escape your notice that self-delusion is extremely high on the list of characteristics defining your average club supporter. It's quite probably...

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Marching on Together: Boxer Josh Warrington Confirms Leeds as UK Capital of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (13:49)

Having been fortunate enough to witness many examples of sporting excellence in Leeds over the years, I was privileged last weekend, thanks to event sponsors Grosvenor Casinos, to see local Featherweight boxer Josh Warrington provide ample evidence that Yorkshire's premier city is arguably the sporting capital...

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'Travel Man' in Barcelona: Channel 4 Sacrifices a Great Idea on the Altar of Cheap Laughs

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2015 | (23:04)

Barcelona is a city I love and have visited frequently, which explains the enthusiasm I felt for this Travel Man series opener - and also my deep sense of frustration and annoyance, having endured an hour of irritating ego-tripping and hopefully-funny silliness masquerading as an informative travel programme....

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Katie Hopkins: What Can We Do - Now That "Just Ignore Her" Is No Longer an Option?

(2) Comments | Posted 30 March 2015 | (17:47)

There are certain well-worn theories about the best approach when faced with offensive loud-mouth publicity addict types. "Just ignore them" is one - the idea being that, starved of the oxygen of attention, they will simply fade away, snuffed out as easily as a guttering flame.

Arguing with them is...

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Murderers Don't Execute People, Murderers Murder People.

(2) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (17:05)

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in Paris earlier this week, and amidst all of the horror and the inevitable soul-searching that follows any such tragic event, an old and unwelcome misuse of terminology has reared its ugly head again and - in its own subtle and insidious...

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It Was the Man Utd Myth, Not the Job, That Was Too Big for Moyes

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (10:39)

So David Moyes has departed the Theatre of Hollow Myths. It was the increasingly poignant tragedy that has been waiting to happen as Moyes appeared to become progressively more bug-eyed and Gollum-esque with every passing interview, following each damaging defeat. Now, in the immediate aftermath of his inevitable sacking, the...

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Bedroom Tax - Finally Killed by Plain Old Common-Sense?

(2) Comments | Posted 9 February 2014 | (15:45)

The Bedroom Tax - the most ill-conceived, misbegotten, malicious and counter-productive piece of misguided legislation since - well, since the Poll Tax - may just have been dealt a fatal blow by a Tribunal judge wielding the trusty old sword of common-sense.

In brief, what appears to have happened is...

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No Fat-Cat Whinging, Please, Over Labour's Removal of the 'Spare Bentley Subsidy'

(2) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (10:29)

Oh, I'm sorry - you Tories out there still refer to it as the "top rate of Income Tax", don't you? That's very passé, you know - and more than a little misleading, also. After all, the country's in a mess - substantially more of a mess than it was...

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Sweep Board in Fifa's Narcissist of the Year' Awards

(3) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (12:36)

Sometimes, you catch sight of a headline and, as you feel your eyebrows heading for your hairline, you wonder to yourself: "Did I really read that right?" Such a headline caught my notice the other day. "Cristiano Ronaldo opens a museum in his own honour in Madeira, Portugal", it read....

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The Tory Approach to 'Stock Management' in Animal Farm UK

(3) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (16:55)

George Orwell's "Animal Farm", written as an anti-communist allegory in 1943-44 at a time when, due in part to wartime alliances, Joseph Stalin was well-regarded in the UK, remains a classic of its kind. The allegory is a versatile literary device for imparting a message beyond the literal storyline; in...

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Is Nice-Guy Moyes Starting to 'Fergify' Himself?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2013 | (16:34)

Many good judges are predicting that, with the Alex Ferguson era over at Man U, the club will now struggle to continue with their run of success. By common consent, Fergie was not the greatest coach or tactician out there - his major contribution to the success down Salford way...

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Rookie Man U Boss Moyes to be Haunted By Fergie's Ghost?

(2) Comments | Posted 7 July 2013 | (10:12)

There are worrying signs already for the inheritor of the poisoned chalice that is the Old Trafford hot-seat. David Moyes has been gathering his own people about him as he sets forth to put his own stamp on the Man U machine - but Moyes will be grimly aware that...

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Games Giant Mattel's "Complete Disregard" for Their Legion of Online Scrabble Fans

(74) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (22:27)

Toy manufacturing giant Mattel are under fire from thousands of fans addicted to their online version of "Scrabble", the popular word game played on a board with letter tiles, which has sold approximately 150 million sets worldwide. The row has erupted since the virtual web-based game,...

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Birds of a Feather: From Screen to Stage - And Back Again?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2013 | (13:44)

Last week, I was asked by "The Public Reviews" - which aims to provide an informed critique in a wide range of theatrical productions as well as reviewing new album releases - to write a review of the "Birds of a Feather" touring production as it arrived at...

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Royalty: Isn't it About Time For a Change at the Top?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (23:35)

One of the many oddities in the life of our Queen, Elizabeth II, is the fact that she has two birthdays each year - as if one wasn't enough when you already have rather too many years on your shoulders, weighing you down along with all those cares of state....

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'Loadsamoney' Cameron in 'Tasteless and Ignorant Flash Git' Row

(16) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (12:24)

Prime Minister David Cameron has had his judgement called into question yet again after a "date-night" meal out with his wife on Friday at a pizza restaurant in Soho. Having enjoyed a simple repast of pizza and lasagne, accompanied by dough balls and a bottle of red - amounting to...

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