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Gullhanger - Or How I Learned To Love Brighton & Hove Albion [Kindle Edition]

Mike Ward
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Book Description

Gullhanger is the hilarious, critically-acclaimed diary of a man who sets out to rekindle his passion for the glorious game, and indeed for life itself. Not via a big club such as Manchester United or Arsenal, but via the local third-tier football club to which he’d previously, shamefully, paid little attention: Brighton & Hove Albion FC – aka the Seagulls.
Desperate for something to get excited about again, Mike Ward breaks all the rules of football fandom by jumping on the Albion’s bandwagon. Will he be accepted or shunned? How will his family cope?
And with one more voice to cheer them on, albeit somewhat awkwardly, are the Seagulls in for a season of glory or gloom . . ?
First published in September 2002, Gullhanger received glowing reviews on radio and in print. Top football magazine Four Four Two awarded it four stars out of five, the Daily Express called it “hilarious”, and BBC 5Live’s books panel called it “a great book . . . unique”.
To mark 10 years since Mike’s story began, Gullhanger is now issued for the first time as an e-book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QTOPL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures of a self confessed bandwagon jumper 30 April 2012
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One of the unexpected advantages of being a Kindle owner is that it occasionally gives you the chance to purchase books that you may have originally missed out on for peanuts. Even better, you can even pick up the odd gem for nothing, like I did with Gullhanger.

Originally published in 2002, I'm not even sure I would have been able to buy this book then as it is about the joys of supporting Brighton & Hove Albion, a team that hasn't got that much of a fan base up here in Yorkshire. Because it concerns the 2001-2002 season it is a little dated - in those days Albion were still playing at the Withdean Stadium and their star player was future England international Bobby Zamora - but that is irrelevant because the theme of the book, the trials and tribulations of supporting a football club, is timeless. Equally irrelevant is that the fact that the team is Brighton; supporters of any team should find plenty in this book to keep them entertained.

A previous reviewer has stated that because the author, Mike Ward, previously supported Arsenal and didn't travel to many away matches this book would not appeal to a "true football supporter". What nonsense. I have supported my local team since 1968 and have travelled to hundreds of away games and I really enjoyed the book. Football is football when all is said and done.

Whilst the book is available for nothing I would strongly recommend giving it a try; what have you got to lose?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting issues 17 Dec. 2013
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I must admit, I wasn't expecting a huge amount from this book. Many fans have written about a season following their team and most appeal only to themselves, their family and friends and the narrow supporter base within their own club. This book is different. Firstly, it's very well written - the author is a journalist who is used to writing entertaining prose, and it shows. Secondly, there is something a little different to the approach because the author is an an Arsenal fan who adopts his local team, Brighton and Hove Albion, in an attempt to start enjoying football again. The theme is a good one which has since been repeated - I stumbled on this book after reading Orientation by Adam Michie, which covers similar issues. On the whole, this is a cheap and interesting approach and it doesn't matter that the subject matter is now a little dated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A season in Sussex 21 Aug. 2013
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A good read. This is a well written book which isn't just about supporting Brighton and Hove Albion. As much as anything it is about how the author reacts to growing older and restoring his emotional bond with football. While the author adopts the match by match approach to give the book structure, there are forays into his life beyond match days that broaden the scope of the book and add context. This provides depth to the author that helps you become more involved in his story. It has a much wider appeal than for supporters of B&HA and as it covers the 2001/02 season there is plenty of nostalgia in there too. One of the best books about supporting a football club that I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read (for any football fans) 7 Jan. 2013
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'Purchased' for free after seeing a tweet from the author. As a Brighton fan in exile it brought back good memories. However this isn't your normal football fan. This is a book about following the Albion by a glory hunter (if you can call glory hunting following Brighton in a temporary athletics stadium in the third tier of English football) and how it affected him. The backbone of the book is a season with Brighton but there is a lot of humour in there and is well worth a read by any football fan (or not). It accurately describes the highs and lows and all the emotions a football fan has to endure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and very funny 6 May 2012
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I'm not a Brighton fan and, for the past two-three years have barely watched a football match because of the increase in ticket prices, the greed in the game and, the ridiculous fees that players get paid.

But nontheless, I enjoyed this. It is very well written with a laugh on every page. I related to the author too, especially in regards to his awkwardness over singing/chanting in public even if thousands of others in the stand are.

A really good, really funny read. I give it four stars because there were a few bits which dragged on a little.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 20 Aug. 2012
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As a supporter of a lower league team I was looking forward Mike Ward's description of his chosen season and I was not disappointed. He questions his support all the way through but comes across as a committed supporter in the end. All in all a good read that a lot of people will be able to identify with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars build a bonfire, we want falmer 22 Oct. 2013
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This could be interpreted as the third book in the Albion trilogy. A bit dated now but worth a read if you are an Albion fan. I wouldn't bother otherwise. Was freebie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim times in London-by-the-sea 28 Nov. 2014
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I enjoyed this a lot. Amazing really as I've got no interest in football whatsoever, Tim Parks' "A Season with Verona" - is another great book in this genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great fun, really liked it
Published 8 months ago by MB
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Published 9 months ago by Andrew Skiller
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
Light hearted, fun read - the author touches on a few home truths for over-40s. Good read and I would recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by PatM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A very good read for every football fan to enjoy whether you are a Brighton fan or not. It shows how anybody can become an obsessive football fan.
Published 15 months ago by Richard Greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars seagulls fly high
Great read of a ordinary supporter of Brighton and hove Albion well worth a look for any sports fan .
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice journey
Good tale of Brighton season as witnessed by a self proclaimed glory Hunter. Won't spoil the ending for you but.....
Published 17 months ago by andrew erskine
5.0 out of 5 stars Like lower league football and a good old moan? Love this!!!
Really enjoyed this book. In fact read in a couple of sittings. Funny insights into mid life man and football passions.. recommended
Published 17 months ago by David Milner
3.0 out of 5 stars complete
I read it all the way through. which is not something I can say about all books. I was reasonably entertained by the dialogue.
Published 19 months ago by G. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
A fantastic read very funny you are with him all the way . Really recommend this book for any real football fan.
Published 23 months ago by Simon Perks
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