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A collection of stories that will resonate with any fan who dimly recalls the origin of their dedication to a single team Well worth the read. Chapters in the lives of ardent football fans are interesting to read if you re a fan yourself It s comforting to know that you re not the only person prepared to stand in the rain watching eleven people kick a ball around, that you re not the only person who wouldn t trade his first born to be one of those eleven and that you re not the only person whose Sunday mood depends on what happens on the Saturday.However, as one of the writers commented, it s not as interesting if it s not your club y Chapters in the lives of ardent football fans are interesting to read if you re a fan yourself It s comforting to know that you re not the only person prepared to stand in the rain watching eleven people kick a ball around, that you re not the only person who wouldn t trade his first born to be one of those eleven and that you re not the only person whose Sunday mood depends on what happens on the Saturday.However, as one of the writers commented, it s not as interesting if it s not your club you re reading about, which is why this is only getting 4 stars A quick read several short autobiographical tales by male authors journalists mainly focussing on their experiences as a football supporter There s a decent range of teams covered from international to non league and stories from the 1960s to the 1990s There is a quirky added pleasure due to the book having written in 1993 Chelsea before they were so good, Leeds before they were so crap.However, the problem is that there isn t much breadth in the style It s blokes talking about foot A quick read several short autobiographical tales by male authors journalists mainly focussing on their experiences as a football supporter There s a decent range of teams covered from international to non league and stories from the 1960s to the 1990s There is a quirky added pleasure due to the book having written in 1993 Chelsea before they were so good, Leeds before they were so crap.However, the problem is that there isn t much breadth in the style It s blokes talking about football in a rose tinted nostalgic and occasionally humourous way, with the sense most of the reminiscing is personal to thise concerned Additionally, most chapters were a bit similar, having been written separately There s only so many ways you can say When I was young I wasn t allowed to stay up for late games, my Dad told me the score at breakfast or I collected football memorabilia when I was young A quirkly little collection of football memoirs, from a diverse group of writers.The clubs and memories here are, for the most part, lesser known and from a pre Sky tv era.It took me back to my first football experiences, standing on terraces, kids being shoved down to the front, so you could see the action, or what passed for action on the muddy quagmires the pitches inevitably were.Some of the contributors here wouldn t appear out of place in Rain Man, such is their grasp of stats and recall o A quirkly little collection of football memoirs, from a diverse group of writers.The clubs and memories here are, for the most part, lesser known and from a pre Sky tv era.It took me back to my first football experiences, standing on terraces, kids being shoved down to the front, so you could see the action, or what passed for action on the muddy quagmires the pitches inevitably were.Some of the contributors here wouldn t appear out of place in Rain Man, such is their grasp of stats and recall of scorers.My memories blur from one crap experience to another, but that is exactly the magic that these stories convey the feeling of helplessness and dismay from supporting a truly terrible team.I wore my team s lack of silverware as a badge of honour no glory hunting catcalls for me, just unremitting monotony.These are tales for a true football fan, who will empathise and smile along with the unceasing optimism displayed within these pages ( Free Kindle ) ⚖ My Favorite Year: A Collection of Football Writing ☪ Roddy Doyle s account of the Republic of Ireland s triumphant journey through Italiais just one of the many first class pieces in this anthology of original football writing Contributors include Harry Pearson, Harry Ritchie, Ed Horton, Olly Wicken, DJ Taylor, Huw Richards, Nick Hornby, Chris Pierson, Matt Nation, Graham Brack, Don Watson, and Giles Smith Touch Not the Cat Harry Ritchie The Charmer’s Box Ed Horton The Charmer’s Box: Poetry Olly Wicken Red Roots (Vampire Empire, DJ Taylor What to Do Until Love Finds You: The Bestselling Guide to Preparing Yourself for Your Perfect Mate Huw Richards Rizal Beyond the Grave: A Reiteration of the Greatness of the Martyr of Bagumbayan Nick Hornby The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory, 1965-67 Chris Pierson Last Words of Saints and Sinners: 700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the Inspiring Figures of History Matt Nation Sineater Graham Brack Winters Heat (Omega Boys, Don Watson Dahlia Black and Giles Smith This is a great read for anyone who loves football Several well known writers discuss their favourite teams most memorable football seasons Nick Hornby s hilarious story about Cambridge United s losing streak is great, but my favourite has to be Roddy Doyle s account of his heroic trip to the toilet that led to Ireland scoring a vital goal against England The one about Watford is amazing too Ahead of contributing to a similar style, if slightly lower profile, collection of my favourite season stories I borrowed this from Russell.It was enjoyable enough even though the book published almost 20 years ago, it still possesses much currency and certain pieces were an absolute joy to read, particularly Olly Wicken s ballboy eye view of Watford s 74 75 campaign.If you collect football literature, then this should be on your shelves. To be fair, I don t suppose I m the intended audience for this book I like football, I take great pleasure in a good match, but I m not what you d call a fan I enjoyed some of the stories in this collection, I liked the nostalgic flavour, but it all got quite repetitive after a while, and I honestly couldn t care less about the lists of names and matches and scores of the seasons covered. My kind of book My memories of 1990 World Cup are so clear and this really took me back I felt book was a touch disjointed in places but still portrayed the emotions very well. A great compilation brought together by Mr Fever Pitch to explain to readers why football isn t just two groups of people fighting in the stands and streets.