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Gullhanger - Or How I Learned To Love Brighton & Hove Albion

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

Mike Ward
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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,433 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free 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 Enjoyable Read 17 April 2014
By PatM
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Light hearted, fun read - the author touches on a few home truths for over-40s. Good read and I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 23 Mar 2014
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars seagulls fly high 23 Jan 2014
By john g
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Great read of a ordinary supporter of Brighton and hove Albion well worth a look for any sports fan .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice journey 16 Jan 2014
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Good tale of Brighton season as witnessed by a self proclaimed glory Hunter. Won't spoil the ending for you but.....
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Really enjoyed this book. In fact read in a couple of sittings. Funny insights into mid life man and football passions.. recommended
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars complete 20 Nov 2013
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I read it all the way through. which is not something I can say about all books. I was reasonably entertained by the dialogue.
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