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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (24 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438993617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438993614
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Mifflin was born in Cheshire, England in 1971. He attended his first Stoke City game in 1979 at The Victoria Ground where Stoke beat local rivals Derby County. From the age of seven he has been hooked and has regularly attended home and away games with his father and younger brother.

For Steve every home game is an away game as he now lives in Reading. Although the family roots run deep through Stoke-on-Trent, Steve has always had exile status from the city. The lack of a Potteries accent singles him out at The Britannia Stadium and when on the road with Stoke City.

Steve is married to Kate, a long-suffering football widow. He has two daughters Ellie and Daisy. Ellie has recently declared her allegiance to local team Reading.

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...it's a great book. It's like being there. --The Oatcake, September 26, 2009

...a brilliant account of a brilliant campaign and a must have for any Stoke supporter. --thefootballnetwork, September 25, 2009

...an excellent, enjoyable, aide memoire, written from a supporter's viewpoint. --stoketshirts, August 10, 2009

Exile In The Promised Land delivers... ...as a sketch of what being a fan really means. --The Sentinel, October 10, 2009

About the Author

Steve Mifflin was born in Cheshire, England in 1971. He attended his first Stoke City game in 1979 at The Victoria Ground where Stoke beat local rivals Derby County. From the age of seven he has been hooked and has regularly attended home and away games with his father and younger brother. For Steve every home game is an away game as he now lives in Reading. Although the family roots run deep through Stoke-on-Trent, Steve has always had exile status from the city. The lack of a Potteries accent singles him out at The Britannia Stadium and when on the road with Stoke City. Steve is married to Kate, a long-suffering football widow. He has two daughters Ellie and Daisy. Ellie has recently declared her allegiance to local team Reading.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 1863 on 30 Aug. 2009
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Being a Stoke fan myself i stumbled upon this book whilst browsing Amazon for other football related books i wasn't aware that there was a new Stoke book about which was a nice surprise, and even better it was about our first season back in the top flight! the book has on obvious appeal to Stoke fans as many of us can relate to what Steve is writing, but the book itself offers much more than just a read about how unlucky we were not to win and how hard done to we were etc.. it's an honest book and also delves into the troubles football fans encounter in following their team home and away especially in the current economic climate where money is tight and tickets aren't getting any cheaper! Not to mention the problems with family friends rudely having their wedding on the same day that Stoke secure their Premier League status!

Highly recommended from myself to Stoke fans alike and other fans of football clubs especially those that travel the country following their teams as they will certainly be able to relate this book and the highs and low that come with the football league season both on and off the pitch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Barry on 1 Oct. 2009
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I thought this was a book for my husband, but when he took a break from reading, I couldn't resist dipping in. And I was surprised by the addictive and entertaining nature of the read. Each chapter set the scene; defined the importance of each game, exposed the hopes and fears of the fans, built the tension before the game, and expressed the emotions after it. I've never really understood the passion of football, but this book has brought me a lot closer to it... I would say it is essential reading for the football widow. And as a woman, I loved the battles of conscience, where the chief aim of getting to the next away game was disguised in cunning plans of supportive fatherhood, such as visits to the Lowry Centre, Monkeyworld or Alton Towers. So clever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Totterdell on 20 Oct. 2009
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Like other reviewers I loved this book which my daughter bought me for my birthday. This makes a superb companion to the club DVD of the year - watch the highlights, read Steve's view of the match, and it's like being there again. Please, Steve, can you write a book like this EVERY season? Please? Give Kate the royalties if you have to, but this would make a wonderful annual event.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. A. Lambert on 17 Sept. 2009
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...but I loved reading this book! It's very funny, personal and has some real laugh out loud moments! I read it whenever I could get the chance. The chapters are short enough to be able to snatch a read when you have a few minutes spare. It is easy to follow (even if you are a non-football fan like me) and, dare I say it, has made me empathise with dedicated fans like the author! It is not just about football though, I love the way it covers home life and how this is juggled with going to as many games as possible! Very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robbins on 4 Sept. 2009
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As a fellow (married) long distance football supporter (of Bristol Rovers rather than Stoke) I felt that I could really relate to this book and the feelings expressed by the author. It was an excellent read providing a great insight into the mind of a true footy fan as well as a considerable amount of laugh out loud moments along the way. I would recommend this book to supporters of any club, and also to their wives as it really brings home how we think and what drives our behaviour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. T. Brooks on 15 Sept. 2009
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I absolutely flew through the book, a really easy read in the most positive sense. Charting the season match-by-match (sample chapter headings: 'Wigan Away', 'Liverpool Home') gives it a good pace and means you get a satisfyingly condensed version of a whole season of hope, gloom, dread, train delays, pints, atrocious diet, excuses to the missus, and triumph (well, a mid-table finish...). There are enough asides to give a taste of the author's life beyond football, without ever threatening to distract from the main focus, which is of course all about one of football's traditional spinsters gleefully gatecrashing the Premiership wedding party. Football widows will probably still be none the wiser, but fans suffering the same affliction will be relieved that they can point to someone who has probably got a worse dose of its-not-a-matter-of-life-and-death-its-more-important-than-that-itis than they have...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali1965 on 25 Aug. 2009
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I read Exile in the Promised Land thinking it would give me an insight into the world of football fandom, what I got was a whole lot more. Steve Mifflin`s trials and tribulations with the rail network, efforts to ban weddings during football season and proposals for family holidays in the "Potteries" kept me laughing but it was his contagious passion for Stoke that had me hooked, as I rooted for equalisers, sighed over injuries and inwardly cheered every win. I would highly recommend this book to football fans and long suffering football widows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By valedied on 21 Sept. 2009
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It's all about Tony Pulis leading us out of the wilderness, parting the Red Sea, and into the Promised Land...or more accurately to 12th place in the Premier.

It's one fan's lonely journey round the country in Stoke's first season in the Premier League. Well, one fan and his brother. And their dad. No, hang on, it's three fans' journey...oh, you get the idea.

But it's a great book. It's like being there. You're on the train with Steve, you're almost arrested with Steve, you're almost beaten up with Steve, you're stuck in the South car park for hours with Steve, you're listening to a sad Reading fan explain why he was banned for celebrating a goal on the pitch at Doncaster with Steve, you're in BIG trouble with Steve's wife with Steve, you're...
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