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Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby 0

Posted on August 22, 2011 by samh

Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby (1992)

This is the book that helped sales of football literature hit fever pitch.

Before Nick Hornby wrote his tale of his boyhood obsession with Arsenal, which he never grew out of, football books were largely something to be sneered at. If you were reading about the game it was probably because you were a Sun reader who could not manage sentences with more than three words. Read more…

4-4-3, by Eamonn Murphy and Jeremiah Scanlon 0

Posted on August 22, 2011 by samh

4-4-3, by Eamonn Murphy and Jeremiah Scanlon (2005)

THIS is a novel about a park football team, the grass-roots players who play on municipal parks up and down the country every weekend come rain or shine – not the pampered and overpaid professionals we normally read about in the tabloids.

It charts the exploits of four school friends, Brad, Mickey, Shea and Tommy, who happened to meet on their very first day at school. Read more…

The First Eleven, by When Saturday Comes 0

Posted on August 22, 2011 by samh

The First Eleven, first published in 1992

This collection brings together replica editions of the first 11 issues of When Saturday Comes, the groundbreaking football fanzine which started in 1986.

The first issue was limited to only 100 copies available by mail-order only, and, as WSC co-founding editor Mike Ticher points out, it was “put together with all the meticulous production skills of a chimpanzee wearing boxing gloves”. Read more…

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