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Adam Bushby & Rob MacDonald , Adam Bushby , Rob MacDonald
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10 Mar 2014
It's the match-day routines and the walk to the ground. It's the ebullient youngster going to their first game and the jaded dad who's seen it all before. It's swapping stickers in the playground and attempting to recreate that astonishing goal in the park with friends. It's the ecstatic high of being on the right side of a seven-goal thriller and the sickening low of being on the wrong end of a last-minute equaliser to a local rival. Falling for Football brings together 44 different writers (including Football 365's Andi Thomas, Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year nominees Ian King, Greg Theoharis, Rob Langham and Ian Rands, Yahoo! Sport's Brooks Peck and authors Musa Okwonga and Daniel Gray) who revisit the teams that made them fall in love with the beautiful game in the first place. From World Cup-winners to works of fiction, from the 1950s to the present day - the teams may be different, but the obsession remains reassuringly the same.

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Ockley Books Ltd (10 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957141041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957141049
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam and Rob are the brains behind Magic Spongers, a football blog they created in 2010 and, despite universal concurrence that the age of the blog is dead, they are still running. Under this and other guises including their own names, they have contributed articles to When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona and Run of Play, among others. You can find the blog at www.magicspongers.blogspot.com and some tweets @magicspongers. This is their first book as joint editors.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, which took me back to my own childhood and my first match. It's a treat for any footy fan and reminded me why I fell in love with the game in the first place. Must read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely in parts 12 Oct 2014
By markb
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This book is a selection of brief reflections describing how their writers first fell in love with football. Unfortunately the quality of writing and editing is very uneven. Many of the writers are much the same age, so there is some duplication in the chapters. In fact the book would lose nothing if chapters describing matches in Italia 90 and USA 94 were cut. The chapter on Juventus would be rejected by Pseuds Corner in Private Eye. The one on Hearts offers about as much information as a Wiki entry.
A shorter book would be much better. There are some well written satisfying nuggets amongst the more similar, repetitive, chapters. Pieces on Plymouth, Linfield and Queen of the South are informative, charming and well written, offering the reader genuine interest and insight. The one on Lewes by Stuart Fuller provides a thoughtful quirky story about how he fell out of love with the Premier League and found joy supporting a non-league club. The chapter on Chester City is well crafted and truly moving.
This book is for the ardent footie freak, rather than the casual sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans perspective makes it a joy to read! 5 April 2014
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This is a true fans perspective on what being a football supporter is all about. Featuring so many great writers, and their experiences, it's a real joy of a book and a must read for any football fan. If you're ever stuck for a Father's Day present you can't go wrong with Falling For Football!
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5.0 out of 5 stars where was your first match 5 July 2014
By S Bisby
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Could relate to the stories and made me think of my first time at a football match
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling for football 6 May 2014
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Excellent book, with a nice mix of both big and not-so-big clubs included. The paperback version is also very nicely produced
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