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How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup [Paperback]

J. L. Carr
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1 Dec 1992
This classic humour novel chronicles the momentous journey of Steeple Sinderby (an unremarkable Fenland village) from the mire of obscurity to national heroics. This unbelievable feat is contrived by the serendipitous meeting of three great men: Mr Fangfoss (who cares nothing for football), Dr Kossuth - a Hungarian academic and headmaster of the village school, and the Wanderers captain Alex Slingsby, a mighty warrior biding his time in quiet Sinderby for the chance to rise once more. The story takes an affectionate look at small-minded Middle England, and the glories of God's own game while taking in love and death, bigotry, bigamy and good old-fashioned English snobbery.
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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: 19.2 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best football book ever written 19 Mar 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn 19 Jun 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It. For sports fans and dreamers alike 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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5.0 out of 5 stars J.L.Carr does it again. 13 May 2009
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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