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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224052896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224052894
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The football fan as lifer is Kevin Sampson's basic premise in Extra Time as he and his mates faithfully follow their team, Liverpool, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, during the 1997/98 season. Inevitably it is mostly for worse and for poorer. Liverpool is a club which used to win things--which is of course better than the clubs most fans are lumbered with-- but they don't win much these days. As Sampson and his bunch of amiable fellow travellers--ageing lothario Jegsy and shy bricklayer Danny--traipse through various strange train stations and shopping centres, the depressing fact that they aren't going to win anything again this season becomes increasingly apparent. The travelogue is wryly amusing and the appreciation of footballing lore spot on. "Why do people detest Man. Utd?", he asks, "Easy. Because they are detestable". But most of all this is about why a 36-year-old man should still go to sleep thinking about his all-time greatest Liverpool XI. The answer, as if anyone who cares about football didn't know already, is because a football team is for life, not just for Christmas. --Nick Wroe

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Kevin Sampson goes on the record with this sharp, perceptive and very funny account of a stretch in his life-sentence as a football fan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This book can be described as nothing less than essential reading for any Liverpool fan. It may also be of interest to any football fan across the globe. This book follows the trials and tribulations of a Liverpool fan who attends games both home and away, showing the mixed emotions associated with supporting one of Englands most under performing teams. After picking it up there can possibly be no Liverpool fan that I know that has been able to put it down prior to completion. Highlights of the book include Steve McManaman's magic goal away to Celtic in Europe and the ensuing attempt to join Steve for the celebration! Notable moments also include playing for Ian Rush in a charity match and a weekend stag-do in Amsterdam. Thoroughly enjoyable, cheers Mr Sampson!!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 1999
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Extra Time manages to perfectly describe the whole range of emotions that a Liverpool fan goes through during a season. You can't put this book down with great humour and attention to detail which make it the best footy book about the fans I've read in ages.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2000
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What a class book - thoroughly enjoyable. Describes the feeling of football fan fantastically well
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2001
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How utterly tired of life and drained of inspiration must Kevin Sampson have been to get beyond the first 400 words of this desperate nonsense ? Sampson's gloomily infantile frustration at supporting a club who's halcyon days are far behind them is one thing, why does he feel moved to compound this by producing a book which is just depressing and frustrating because it's so God-awful ? Liverpool's "entitlement" to success, the sole basis for the disappointment he records here, and their inability to play either attractive or succesful football also indicates just why it is MUFC supporters hate LFC and their supporters - they are humourless uppity bad losers who are riddled with guilt about Heysel. This is dreary stuff about a hackneyed subject written in an unfunny, contrived and unreal fashion. But it's actually worse than all that - it makes one feel embarassed to be a football supporter at all and emphasises the worst about today's post-adolescent english male - childish, unimaginative, anti-intelligent and anal. For God's sake stop writing about football in such a cliched and tedious manner. Thoroughly abysmal book.
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