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Far from the massive crowds

Far from the massive crowds [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cowan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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    Product Description

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    Far from the massive crowds is a journey which traces the fortunes of Guisborough Town Football Club in the STL Northern League Division 2 as they strive for promotion. The season has more twists and turns than Johan Cruyff as the reader is taken on a North Eastern journey which chronicles not only football in the area, but also the historical and social backgrounds to places which have made them what they are today. Far from the Premiership and far from predictable, this is grassroots football at its best.

    Praise for Far from the massive crowds

    "Cowan casts STL Northern League Division Two in a social context, examining the towns and villages that host Northern League games and their history, giving the reader a real insight. A great idea.." (When Saturday Comes, May 2013)

    “Hugely entertaining” (Northern Echo)

    “This is a damned sight more engaging than many a football book that will muscle its way onto the shelves of your local Waterstones. It is funny in places, sad in others...It’s the kind of witty, observational humour that is not always easy to write well, but the author proves a dab hand at it. Highly recommended” (Programme Monthly, March 2012)

    “A beautifully crafted and nakedly passionate book” (Northern Ventures magazine, September 2011)

    “Entertaining, carefully crafted and richly enjoyable” (Northern League website)

    “A real joy from start to finish - heartily recommended to anyone at all be they non league, big league or no league...A delightful book; thoroughly enjoyable and a local classic” (Fly Me To the Moon fanzine, Middlesbrough FC)

    “I’ve read quite a number of these sporting travelogues, specifically of the non league football variety, and this one is up there with the best. An extremely good read and very well written, with plenty of witty observations” (Hopticklist)

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 391 KB
    • Publisher: MFCPubs (2 Jun 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005456NMK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the League 26 Jun 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I have read many books where it is obvious that the author is not a true fan of the subject whether it be a biography or otherwise. I am pleased to say that this book is clearly wrote by someone who enjoys and has enjoyed following the fortunes of his local Northern League club since childhood. Last season Mark Cowan decided to pen his experiences as Guisborough Town FC aimed to win promotion from the Northern League Second Division back to the First Division after several years building up relationships with the fellow clubs and of course building up a squad that not only plays attractive football but could score goals and win matches. It was not a Thomas Hardy that did this but it was a Chris Hardy and I did read "Far From the Madding Crowd" for my English Literature O Level. That was many years ago and this book cannot be compared as it is so much funnier and full of interesting facts and anecdotes of the clubs Guisborough Town players and fans travelled too in the season, most of the games had happy endings as indeed Guisborough Town did indeed gain promotion. This book is an obvious recommendation for people who live in the Northern League area which stretches from in Cumbria to North Yorkshire and ascends to Northumberland taking in the areas of Durham, Tyneside and Wearside on the way. People who follow the teams Mark writes about will be interested as well as people who love to visit grounds and are pleased to be known as Groundhoppers for their dedication to the sport and support of Non League Football and the clubs they visit. This book has the potential to be a League Topper so buy, read and enjoy.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Non league football Hi 2 Jun 2013
    By Steve
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    . As someone who followed the rollercoaster season that Kidderminster Harries had 2012/13 this book brought the excitement of real football alive. This was a great read captured all the realities of football at this level, the idiosyncratic fans and grounds.. Cowan evokes the atmosphere of the north east I couldn't put it down.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars A unique view if non-league football 17 Sep 2014
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    A good book, especially for someone like myself who supports a league 2 club that has stared relegation in the face. All in all it's a good read, learning about the club's in their division and how tough it is to survive was interesting, the author certainly doesn't lack passion for his subject. It's written with a certain amount of charm and wit. On the downside it's a tad long, at times the witty remarks can grate a little and an editor would have made it much more polished. However, it's like the football it describes, honest, down to earth, in some ways lovable but rough around the edges. It's worth a read - give it a go fellow footie fans!!!
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grassroots Football 12 July 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A great read for all serious football fans. A treat of a book for followers of the game who enjoy the culture of humorous banter and genuine sport. I really enjoyed the travels of this small north east town club through the highs and lows, with the happy ending of a cup final success and a prommotion winning season for Guisborough Town.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Real football real people real fans. 17 Jun 2014
    By weejp
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    As a somewhat reluctant fan of non league football (my team were forced into non-league) I decided to try out this book. It took me a while to get into it but once I had enjoyed the exploits of the author and his traipze across northern England following his beloved Guisborough for a few chapters I was quickly hooked. Not fashionable not fancy but simply an enjoyable read for Aral football fan.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining read 1 April 2014
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    I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. It's well written and provides an excellent account of life following a less than high profile football team. Being a fan myself of my local non league club I could really relate to the trials and tribulations, not to mention the fantastic comaradarie amongst the fans at this level. Some great humour thrown in along the way by the author. Would recommend this book to all football fans
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Pop into your local. 29 Jan 2014
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    support for your local non league club has been a feature in my area newspaper ln suffolk. this book carries on this theme and I became hooked on the team's season. give it try.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight 23 Jan 2014
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    Good insight into lower league soccer really enjoyed this book if only premier league teams had this much passion for the game
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Great review and insight of a full season of grass roots football.
    Just shows how Dar divorced premiership football is from the real fame
    Published 1 month ago by David Hunter
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Published 2 months ago by Andrew Skiller
    4.0 out of 5 stars good read about grass roots football
    Being a long time fan of non league football and being involved in it myself this book appealed to me. Written in a fair and objective fashion throughout, it was a good read.
    Published 11 months ago by Cheeky77
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    A well written book with match reports and what the result would/could mean.
    I also loved the description of the locations of the away matches, history of town/area and... Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars A year in non league football
    Follow our hero as he visits the grounds of the Northern League. It starts well but I don't think that he keeps the attention of his reader because three is not enough variation.
    Published 12 months ago by Nick Robinson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but niche
    If you LOVE football and have a particular fondness for non-league you will enjoy this book. But it is by no means a classic. Route 66 along a similar theme is much better!
    Published 12 months ago by Andy Winkley
    3.0 out of 5 stars A season up north
    Mark Cowan follows Guisborough of the Northern League, with comments on all the games played, as well as considerable background detail about grounds, clubs' fortunes, supporters... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by G. Page
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good football book.
    For somebody who supports one the top 6 teams. Very interesting and enjoyable account of lower league football. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by MJ Ess
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