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October round-up 0

Posted on October 31, 2011 by samh

Nostalgia is always popular with football fans, and the rather lengthily titled Those Were The Games: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of Great Football Matches (When Football Was Football), released on October 6, promises a look back at “fascinating football matches from the last 100 years”, including the ‘White Horse’ FA Cup final of 1923.

Tim Quelch’s Underdog: Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football’s Also-Rans, published on October 14, looks back over a lifetime of watching struggling teams around the country, including some non-league teams. It’s a personal tale that also highlights the changing times and has been hailed as “a major work” by Backpass magazine.

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Sing When You’re Winning: Football Fans, Terrace Songs and a Search for the Soul of Soccer 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Sing When You’re Winning: Football Fans, Terrace Songs and a Search for the Soul of Soccer, by Colin Irwin (2006)

Colin Irwin dons his bobble hat and scarf in pursuit of the ultimate football anthem. From Gillingham to John O’Groats FC, he joins the fans of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and all the other leading clubs in the country… and many obscure ones too.

He looks at the history of the songs and drinks with the fans in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the seemingly spontaneous songmaking, devours a lot of dodgy pies and attempts to launch his own terrace chant. After meeting a bewildering array of colourful, noisy characters with interesting haircuts, he returns with a sore throat and a million anecdotes about tribal anthems, full of passion, wit and cultural identity that can instantly inform, delight and provoke in equal measures.

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