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Everton: School of Science [Paperback]

James Corbett
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3 Sep 2004
Published to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of the foundation of Everton Football Club, The School of Science tells the story of this illustrious team


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (3 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330420062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330420068
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,292,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A great insight into the roots of a club that could enthral anyone.’ -- Shoot

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In this highly acclaimed history of one of the most distinguished British teams, James Corbett traces the fortunes of Everton Football Club – from the first league match (a win against Accrington) to the emergence of Wayne Rooney. Bringing to life fans’ memories and dramatising the times they weren’t around to experience, this is a comprehensive history of the club, one studded with triumph and, as any fan can testify, disaster. From the glorious championship team of 1938-9, to the relegation of the early fifties and the dramatic FA Cup victory of 1966, from Dixie Dean to Gary Lineker, James Corbett's fascinating history goes behind the scenes and uncovers the stories of the individuals who made the club. Written with the enthusiasm and stoicism of a committed Toffeeman, the wit of a fanzine and the authority of a historian, this is the ultimate guide to the team's story. ‘Charts the club's highs and lows and goes behind the scenes to uncover all the stories from the bootroom to the boardroom’ News of the World

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, not just for Blues 26 Dec 2010
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This is a very readable history of Everton Football Club from their foundation either to 2002 (the older hardback edition) or up to date (with the 2010 edition). The format is chronological and the writing rattles along. The author has done an excellent job researching the history of the club and the team, but more importantly in expressing it in a readable way. He founded an Everton fanzine in the 1990s and his love of the team shows through in a way that any football fan can relate to. I especially enjoyed the chapters on the early years and the Harry Catterick title winning team of the 1970s. The only criticism I have is that the content is a little skewed towards more recent years - I'm always wary of the Sky Sports "Football Began in 1992" myth.
Overall, you don't have to be an Everton supporter to enjoy this book, but it would probably help if you didn't actively dislike them. Recommended reading for any open-minded football supporter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Declared interest! 7 Nov 2003
Format:Hardcover
I am the uncle of the author so obviously have an interest but as a season ticket holder of 46 years standing really believe this is the authentic account of our beloved Blues from an academic historian as well as 'cradle toffee'. Our family's support go back to the founding of the club and James has done us great credit in maintaining the tradition.
This account is alive and comes from the 'Soul'. Would it be beyond Everton to put it in the club shop?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Evertonians bible. 4 Nov 2003
By Elton
Format:Hardcover
Having spent most of my adult life reading dull sporting picture books this masterpiece describes the life and history of one of the worlds oldest and stylish football clubs. It is possible to read it in bit size segments or to digest the whole thrilling story from Victorian beginnings to the age of Moyes and Rooney. Written from the angle of a trained historian with a background in fanzine wit and irreverence, this book lifts the lid off the stories of footballing glories and puts the reader into a fans eye view of Dixie Deans 60th goal and exposes the trauma and decay of the Johnson era.
This book is thought provoking, funny, and most of all , an enjoyable read. James Corbett has excelled himself. Everton supporters and football lovers in general should put this on their wish list for Christmas.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As an Evertonian this book has been a long time coming but the wait was certainly worth it. From the foreword by our very own Golden Vision, Alex Young, this book is impossible to put down. The first words of chapter one encapture what it means to be an Evertonian and go to Goodison to see the mighty Blues.
Seriously, this book is impossible to put down because of the sheer quality of the writing. It's brilliant to have a book of such quality written about the Blues.
We all know parts of the story but to finally have the complete story written in such a way is brilliant.
This is a MUST for any Evertonian!!!!! Sheer pleasure.
BUY IT!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read! 23 Feb 2014
By Kencat
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Admittedly I am a born and bred Evertonian who first went to Goodison in 1953 at the age of 3 when my late father squeezed me under the turnstile so I may be biased but I recommend this book to all football fans as I do not believe it could be better written and Evertonian or not, it will be greatly enjoyed. The attention to detail and the facts that have been thoroughly researched leap off every page and every one of the 450 or so pages has a variety of interesting stories either about the club or what was happening in the world at the time. The author latches on to the fans favourite players like Dixie Dean, Brian Labone, Alex Young, Bob Latchford, Andy Gray, Peter Reid, etc, etc and does each and everyone the justice they deserve. As one who thought of writing a similar book to fill my retirement I am slightly disappointed that I will now have to find another project as I could not better what has been produced here.
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