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Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Rowan Walker , Scott Murray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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7 Nov 2008
As authoritative as it is entertaining: a classic miscellany of stories from football’s archives

Product details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; 1 edition (7 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752226789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752226781
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Book of the Week, five stars. You'll pick it up in the bookshop and still be reading it 20 minutes later. Why don't you just buy it? This isn't a library, you know." -- Time Out, Sydney

'A fascinating new book... Day of the Match features a feast of entertaining stories.' -- The Weekly News

'An entertaining story for every day of the year.'
-- Liverpool Echo

'An excellent little book' -- Brian Viner, Independent

'As unputdownable as a puppy' -- Guardian

'As unputdownable as a puppy'
-- James Richardson

'Designed for dipping into - dare we say perfect toilet reading?' -- Four Four Two

'Like football itself: a simple idea, brilliantly done' -- Talksport

'This fascinating trivia tome picks a footballing story from each day of the year throughout the sport's history, from inventing a whole match in Scotland to throw off Nazi intelligence on 1 January 1940 to the demise of North American soccer League on 31st December 1984.'
-- Shortlist magazine

`An excellent little book...[it] has a page for everyday in the year recalling a significant event on that date'
-- Independent on Saturday


'Like football itself: a simple idea, brilliantly done'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of the Fiver, and more! 9 Feb 2009
I bought this on the strength of Scott Murray's hilarious and anarchic writing for the Guardian online's Fiver column. However this is a much straighter proposition, but no worse for it. A selection of fascinating anecdotes about teams and players you know and a lot you won't. It's well-written enough to pull in the casual reader, but with enough authority to satisfy the most anoraky fan.

Football books are two a penny, so finding a really good one like this is well worth shouting about.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant find... 10 Nov 2008
By CMWhite
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is fascinating...I thought I knew a lot about football, but there are so many little stories you haven't heard before, and also interesting facts and angles on the stories you have heard before. Completely outclasses the usual books in this genre...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a good Christmas dinner.... 7 Nov 2008
This book is very satisfying that won't just be tossed aside after a quick skim..plenty of reason to go back for more.. well enough written and researched to be interesting for football fans and non football fans
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