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Encyclopedia of British Football (Sports Reference Library) Hardcover – 3 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (3 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714652490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714652498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,205,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The encyclopedia deals with a wide range of subjects and issues, many of which have not been well covered before... If you want to know which player was convicted of murdering a referee, or who were the first two players of the same side sent off for fighting each other, you'll find the answers in this book.' - Lancashire Evening Post

'Bitty, dippy, a glorious meze that satisfies more than Giles Goodhead's lamentable three-course effort ever could ... Sublime.' - The Independent, Midweek Review

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
The idea of a football reference work that extends beyond the normal statistical coverage to examine the issues in greater depth is a good one and initially this volume (clearly something of a labour of love) looks like a decent read.
Unfortunately first appearances can deceive. As befits an essentially academic creation, it is written in a very tedious discursive style. The entries are not able to cover topics in sufficient levels of detail to significantly improve upon other football reference works, or indeed even upon the better elements of the football press. It is also presented in a fairly pedestrian manner which does not encourage the reader to browse.
All in all, nice idea but mediocre execution.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Kulhavy on 7 Sep 2002
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Have you ever really read an encyclopedia? I mean really read one from end to end?
They are boring. That's not how they are meant to be used.
This book is exactly what it sets out to be .. and unfortunately it is unsatisfying.
As it covers the whole spectrum of British football it doesn't appeal to any one group.
With each entry only 500 to 1000 words, you feel that while the entry is well researched it bearly touches the surface before moving on.
Fortunately there is a list of sources .. but you will quickly be on the internet to find out more on the subject.
In the end this book fails.
It is not specific enough on any one entry, and not broad enough to cover all possible queries.
If you thumbed this book in store you wouldn't be taking it to the checkout.
I'll probably keep my copy ... but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Do another search and find a book that covers your favourite subject in better depth.
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A comprehensive look at soccer in England and the other countries of Britain. As well as the teams and people of note involved, it talks about organisation, administration, money and society.

Sex, race, commercial interests, violence and other societal side effects do not escape notice, either.
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