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92 Pies [Paperback]

Tom Dickinson
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Book Description

14 Feb 2011
92 Clubs, 92 Grounds, 92 Games, 1 Season, 1 Huge Challenge

Tom Dickinson likes football. A lot. In a slightly odd life-choice he decided to spend an entire year travelling all over England in his dodgy old Peugeot 206 watching a match at each of the 92 League grounds.

Tom got concussed at Morecambe, ate carrot cake at Exeter, witnessed a mass brawl at Stockport, saw a goalkeeper score at Reading, made a Chinese soul-mate at Everton, drank too much cider at Plymouth, invaded the pitch at Brentford and got confused by a man in a pineapple bikini at Cheltenham.

Oh, and he managed to eat 92 pies in the process.

Putting his relationship, health and sanity on the line, Tom watched 8,280 minutes of football and travelled 3,000 miles in a nail-biting race against time.

92 Pies is a hilarious, fascinating and often touching tale of what it means to be obsessed with the beautiful game.

FOREWORD BY BRIAN BLESSED

"A terrific book that gets straight to the heart of English football and captures the humour of the terraces perfectly." LEE DIXON



Product details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Blackline Press; 1st edition (14 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956323847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956323842
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who ate all the pies? Tom, evidently 21 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Reading this book on the long haul back to Norwich from Wigan,I started off with a few giggles and ended up with full scale guffaws that ensured I had two seats to myself all the way home. '92 Pies', Tom Dickinson's epic voyage around all 92 league grounds in a season - and sampling a pie at each one - is the lone fan's essential travelling companion. However bad the match, atrocious the pie, or if they've got Robbie Savage on 606, dip into Tom's sharp book and your day will improve. What you'll do is look up your team first to see if the man got it right; then your second team; then the team you hate (you get the point) and finally all the new teams you'll be meeting this season. (Look on the face of the mighty Norwich City heroes and tremble.) Tom Dickinson is the wittiest writer not to appear in the sports pages, and he captures the essence of every ground I've ever been to. Someone should snap him up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Loved this book, a great first hand account of what it's like to be a football supporter. The author takes us through the highs and lows of the English game as he struggles to watch all 92 clubs in just one season.
Easily accessible short chapters, Funny, informative and tense, would recommend to any football fan, and probably even non-football fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 3 Jan 2013
By Rebod
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for a colleague who's an avid football fan. He thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was very witty and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic.... 24 April 2011
By Andy
Format:Paperback
Superb book, its about a fella who basically decides to do all 92 grounds whilst having a pie at each one, coming bit of celeb on the football scene for a bit, it does start a bit slow and you sense the author may be having second thoughts but he sticks at it and its well worth it....the highlight for me is his trip to Chesterfield which had me in stitches, won't give anymore away though, i was a bit put off by the price for a couple of weeks but was well pleased i decided to buy it....!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundhoppertastic 27 Nov 2011
By Matt
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for any travelling football fan. I'm still amazed how Tom managed to watch a game at all 92 league grounds in one season. The logistics of the challenge make this book a really interesting read. I must admit that I immediately headed for my own team's chapter first and then headed to some other grounds that I've been to but I soon found myself starting at the beginning and joining Tom on his mad adventure. An earlier review states that this book lacks structure! The structure is plain to see - each chapter is a game. Couldn't be simpler. A really fun read with some great photos. There are also more photos and some extra chapters on [...]
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