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Football Crazy: Football does not get crazier

Football Crazy: Football does not get crazier [Kindle Edition]

Terry Ravenscroft
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Football as it is played in the lower reaches of the Coca-Cola League Two. And football teams as they are run by at least one of teams in League Two, Frogley Town.
When Frogley meat pie millionaire Joe Price buys the local struggling football team in the close season it brings hope for many. For the players, who see themselves getting paid a bit more regularly. For Ron Atkinson-loving manager Donny Donnelly, a man direly in need of a transfer budget and a No 2 (and a mistress). For the Frogley Town fans, who visualise their team actually winning a game now and then. For local radio DJ Dave Rave, feng shui expert and commentator of the Town’s matches. For Dave’s dedicated listeners, most of whom reside in the local psychiatric hospital. For new police chief Superintendent Screwer, who can’t wait for the season to start so he can bring to bear his unique methods of crowd control. But most of all for lifetime number one fan Stanley Sutton, a man who is so dedicated to Frogley Town that he has dyed his dog Fentonbottom in the club colours, and who would die a happy man if the Town ever won the league and got into the Coca-Cola League One. Or even if they managed to reach the play-offs.
Terry Ravenscroft’s Football Crazy is a comic tale of football, sex, insanity, sex, violence, and more sex. Oh and there’s some sex in it too.

"Amazon Reader’s Review -
Apart from being very, very funny, Football Crazy is unique. For me it’s a marvellous mixture of Tom Sharpe and Ripping Yarns with its larger-than-life characters that come alive in your head as the story unfolds and the world of football superstars meets the rich tycoon who’s going to bring the return of long-awaited success. Except we’re talking Frogley Town and a meat-pie millionaire. Oh - and Superintendent Screwer who would see civil unrest in an impatient bus queue. As is the way with the best caricatures, we’ve sort of met the main characters before. We know elements of Donny Donnelly, Joe Price and Superintendent Screwer do actually exist in the real world; we can’t quite place who and where but we recognise them when we see them. I really do recommend this book, it’s a cracking story and, football fan or not, it will bring a smile to your face. It is crying out to be made into a one-off TV special." Anthony J McCrorie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1638 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Razzamatazz Publications (2 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNJO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The day after Terry Ravenscroft threw in his mundane factory job to become a television comedy scriptwriter he was involved in a car accident which left him unable to turn his head. Since then he has never looked back.
Before they took him away he wrote scripts for Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and several others. He also wrote the award-winning BBC radio series Star Terk Two. He now writes humorous books, eighteen thus far with no signs of letting up. Three of them, Stairlift to Heaven, Dear Coca-Cola and Dear Air 2000 were in the top ten of the Kindle Best Sellers list at the same time.
Born in New Mills, Derbyshire, England in 1938, he still lives there with his wife Delma and his mistress Divine Bottom (in his dreams).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT YARN SUPERBLY TOLD 23 Dec 2008
I got recommended the author from a friend of mine whose comic/literary views I've usually shared . Having read the book I can thoroughly recommend it to others as both tremendously funny and well written book that deserves critical success.Looking forward to reading one of the authors other published works
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barrelful of laughs 14 Dec 2006
I'd already read Terry Ravenscroft's Dear Air 2000 which I found to be hilarious so I was looking forward to reading this. I was not disappointed.

A much better book and far better value than all the England footballers' autobiographies put together. Two of the main characters, Big Donny Donnelly and Superintendant Screwer will surely go down as two of the most laugh-provoking fictional characters in history. A really funny barrelful of laughs book with no padding whatsoever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gas 30 Dec 2010
I read this from cover to cover with barely a break for a cup of tea. For anyone who knows or loves football or anyone who wants to know the real goings on around a small town club this book is a must. The author takes real life characters, the kind we all know and love or loathe from our local teams and he heightens their personalities just enough to make them still credible while making them hilarious. From the off the reader can see the world Stanley inhabits and feel for him. The author treats each of his characters with sensitivity even the megalomaniac policeman Screwer. The story trips along at a great pace and the reader finds himself turning pages quickly. In these days of chicken farmers buying premiership teams it is not a stretch to imagine meat pie magnate Price taking over a small town team and doing exactly the same things. In essence this book caricatures perfectly the goings on in a small town and at a small town club - maybe even the goings on at a premiership club. I would highly recommend this to those interested in footie or those who want a good laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In need of a good editor 26 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a few books by Terry Ravenscroft, and when I saw this at 99p thought why not. The book does seem to have some good points, problem is though that it is quite 'clunky' to read, not flowing well, I really want to like this and it does seem to have the making of a good comic novel in it, but my main thought reading thorough it was that it seemed as if it was rushed to publication and could have used a good editor/proof reader to tighten up the narrative and content (much like this review actually).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Sheffield Wednesday? 19 Mar 2012
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Sheffield Wednesday won the FA Cup in 1935, so is this Frogley FC ? who cares?
If you wanted an inspiring read about the rise and fall of a football club, Northampton Town, springs to mind. or the skills and talents of a top player put this book down now.
On the other hand if you are of the generation that grew up with the comics Tiger, Lion, Roy of the Rovers and Shoot.
This is for you. Read a few pages, shut your eyes and imagin this story in the form of pictures. Dogs running away at the word paint,a White horse in a prison cell, fireworks and the same horse. I'm not sure if you would be allowed to draw a picture true to the book though.
In the past you could get war and football stories in this form for a shilling, 5p. This would fit this book a treat.
The only downside for me was some of the language was just for my taste a fraction OTT that it detracted from the story. Surly there are good North country insults that could have replaced the F and W words.
The end or rather the post script to the story is clever and ties every thing together and they all lived happily ever after?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 27 Nov 2011
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A light, comical, shortish read set in a fantasy world of a minor league football team with all the fantacy, aspirations, lunacy, apathy and delusions that invariabley arise. Well told, with good characters and enough humour throughout the book. You could relate this tale to a similar Rugby League or Union club and know, recognise and love the characters. At less than a quid for the Kindle version, you simply can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on TV !! 18 Oct 2011
By G. Mackey TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
In my opinion this is the funniest book that Terry has written. It is so good that it needs to be turned into a TV show without delay. The owner of the local pie factory buys Frogley Town FC & attempts to regain the team's past glories by converting them into a replica of Frogley's best-ever team. The local Police chief is more concerned with battering supporters for any reason & it all ends in tears!!

There are so many stand-out moments, but the dog's testicles (no further comment needed) had me rolling in laughter for DAYS!

Do youself a favour & read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I like football-based stories, especially the episode of Ripping Yarns that this book so strongly reminded me of. The cover looks well drawn, although it didn't appear on the Kindle. The first page I saw contained strange <HTML> tags at the top, starting some way into the book. I went to the beginning and read the piece about the police crowd control. The story started and after a while, the police page appeared again. The story itself seemed pretty good, if a little weak in characterisation. The jokes were somewhat strained and certain passages, such as the one with the Italian manager, were very laboured. Whilst not exactly littered with mistakes, words such as "overmuch" and "alsations" could do with fixing and question marks were missing almost everywhere they were needed. Some paragraphing went awry and towards the end of the sample, the font became larger, bold and italicised. In short, this book looks as if nobody has ever checked it on the Kindle, which is a shame because behind the slapdash coding, the story might be quite alright.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not my cup of tea really
Published 2 months ago by jilly duck
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I bought this book because I thought it was going to be laugh. Which it was. But I thought it had too many unnecessary bits which took away the footballing enjoyment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jonathan Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars review
football crazy and this certainly is as books go this is a good book to read a must buy for any football fans.
Published 11 months ago by ANDREW
5.0 out of 5 stars Football crazy
This is the third time I've read this book and it won't be the last do yourself a favour and buy. it God bless Terry Brian Gallagher from Glasgow
Published 13 months ago by brian gallagher
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
It is one of the worst books I have ever read by Terry Ravenscroft as a keen football fan I was really looking forward to it the biggest disappointment I have had
Published 19 months ago by D J Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
As with most of TRs books, this is a slightly outlandish plot with larger than life characters and a fast paced plot. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jamesy
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly but funny.
Made me chuckle, well worth the read. This is just good clean, well cleanish, harmless fun. Will probably look to read a few more of this guy's books.
Published 21 months ago by Mr John Browning
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I love Terry Ravenscroft, and we seem to share the same cynicisms, but I was a little disappointed with this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Another dose of bizarre humour from Terry.
Third book of his that I've read. Where he gets his weird characters and outrageous plots from beggars belief. Very funny read.
Published 23 months ago by Mr J Thorogood
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate Football...Loved this..
This has been sitting on my Kindle since i got it as a free download quite a while ago. I have been putting off reading it because i hate football. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2012 by chochouse
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