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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: The Quince Tree Press; New edition edition (1 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900847948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900847943
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
A beautifully-written book, charting the unlikely rise of the most minor of non-league football teams to the giddy heights of an FA Cup final victory. It's far more, though, than some Roy of the Rovers fantasy; the story of how the team is created from the inhabitants of a village in the middle of nowhere in an age when all football games started at 3 o'clock on Saturdays and the players wore the numbers 1 to 11 on their jerseys is yet another example of J L Carr's masterly writing. When you've read and admired this, buy his other books, starting with the Harpole Report.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
Take J L Carr's feeling for the sensibilities and tensions of village life as shown in "A Month in the Country" and infuse it with a very strong dose of Michael Palin's "Ripping Yarns" and you have this book.

It is the story of a small village football team which adopts the coaching theories of a Hungarian teacher(strangely prescient of Arsene Wenger), picks up a couple of ex professionals and fights its way to Wembley where Glasgow Rangers (newly admitted to the FA Cup) are defeated. Yes, in terms of plot spoilers, the title of this book is up there with the finest.

At its best the book is utterly charming and at its worst strays into whimsy. There is an entertaining cast of characters, Gidner, the narrator and all round geeky dogsbody, Dr Kosouth the theorist, the overbearing chairman Fangfoss, the ex-pros Arthur and Sid, and the independent woman, Ginchy Trigger.

The book is part homily to middle England, part satire upon it, part gentle assault on the powers who ran football at the time, and part boys own adventure.

A thoroughly entertaining light read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Iris P. Belsten on 13 May 2009
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Once again J.L.Carr has written an entirely original book. This seemingly simple tale of how a small village's football team wins the mighty F.A. Cup is believable, funny and represents the true ethos of sport, now sadly vanished. He includes vivid pictures of characters who remain true to themselves as the team move through the rounds of the tournament to ultimate success - a heart-warming page-turner for football lovers and all who remember what it used to be like.

Iris Belsten
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allesteer on 13 Aug 2007
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Carr's book about a small football team going on to win the FA cup is entertaining. It might not the most clearly-written book (sometimes it is hard to know when and where the book is set), nor is it intensely about football (Carr writes a lot about what is happening off the field). An enjoyable and exciting read, neverthless, the book certainly has something to offer -- especially for me, as I come from the village where the novel is set!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2000
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Beautifully written and totally charming. Made me feel like I, and my park team, could get there. An affectionate look at sportsmanship, English village life and the grass roots of what football is about. Fantastic characters. A gem
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