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Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers' modern history of football [Paperback]

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14 April 2011

Alice bands, orange bladed boots and socks worn over the knee. Mansions in Cheshire, WAGs and written-off Ferraris. Referees with headsets, fourth officials, and an incomprehensible amount of stoppage time.

There is only so much a true football fan can take, and in Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits, Mark Chapman (aka Chappers) gives full vent to his feelings, as only the host of a football phone-in can. Football phone-ins are on the hitlist too, by the way. It is football as we know it, told from the heart.

With his trademark down-to-earth wit, he takes aim at everyone from Sepp Blatter to MOTD, kit designers and replica shirt wearers (don't put your age on the back of the shirt, lads), trophy presentations and tournament draws. From his first footballing memory to watching his son grow up idolising Premier League millionaires, Chappers' book is a timely tirade as well as a love song to the beautiful game.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553824570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553824575
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hilarious and warm-hearted look at the modern-day football irritants that get every genuine fan hot under the collar

From the Inside Flap

Football is the greatest game known to man and it has turned us all into fanatics. Yet why is it that when fans devote so much of their energy, time, emotion and money to the game, so much of it is incredibly annoying? Why are there so many people involved in the game who are - to use a word you will find a lot in this book - nobs?

In Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits, Mark Chapman (Chappers to you and me) traces his love affair with football back to his earliest memories of going to Old Trafford, to watching his son grow up wearing bladed orange boots and idolizing Premier League millionaires. With his trademark humour and a fair bit of ranting - he can be a bit short-tempered, and is a Manc, after all - Chappers takes on all those football irritants that really get under our skin.

Goal celebrations. Socks worn over the knees. Identikit stadia. Diving.

The media's love-in with Newcastle. Sepp bloody Blatter.

By turns hilarious and heartwarming, and always hard-tackling, Chappers' brilliant take on the modern game is the story of how, despite everything, football is life.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 21 July 2010
By CeeCee
Format:Hardcover
This book is such a gem. It is a funny and oh so witty insight into football and all it's mechanics from Chappers. The book has real heart with the inclusion of Chapman's own stories and experiences. I laughed out loud and couldn't put this down. Be sure to buy a few copies as you'll want to share this with all your friends!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but much better football books out there. 9 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have read several sports books recently and thoroughly enjoyed Adrian Chiles' "We don't know what we're doing". So I was looking forward to this book. And as my title says-it's ok. Some parts are laugh out loud, some parts I totally agree with with. But I had two major problems with Mr Chapman (which weren't his fault, I guess) which made me view the book in a different light. The first is that he is part of the media circus that surrounds football now and so for him to moan about aspects of it, and how media driven football has got, is well, hypocritical. And the second point...he's a Manchester United fan. So for so many times he defended Man Utd ('there are Northern voices in Old Trafford') when quite frankly they are leaders in the commercialisation and changing of football. So I'm afraid I read the book with a yeah,yeah attitude. If you can see beyond those two points (perhaps it's my loss) you will enjoy this. Me-I much prefer Mr Chiles' excellent book and would recommend it every time over this tome. Sorry Mr C,but it's not for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 26 Jun 2010
By C. Wood
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really good read & very funny! Why they stopped the chappers and dave show on Radio1 is beyond me.
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