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Jelleyman's Thrown a Wobbly: Saturday Afternoons in Front of the Telly [Paperback]

Jeff Stelling
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4 Mar 2010

The cult SkySports Soccer Saturday anchorman delivers a Sunday Times bestseller – a volley of entertaining and informative anecdotes about life in front of the videprinter.

Jeff Stelling is a legend amongst football fans. To the millions unable to get to their teams' games on Saturday afternoons, the next best thing is undoubtedly the pleasurable company of Jeff and the Sky Sports videprinter for a cosy marathon on the sofa.

If someone's got to reveal that your beloved team have just gone 3-0 down away from home and had a man sent off, it's best if it's consummate professional Jeff who breaks the news to you. Avid Hartlepool fan Jeff knows our pain and shares our joy…but mostly he knows our pain.

The long-time host of SkySports' iconic Soccer Saturday show has become a cult figure, universally admired for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, his genuine and unlimited enthusiasm for ALL levels of football, and his wicked sense of humour which makes the six-hour long show simply whiz by.

Jellyman's Thrown a Wobbly is a deliciously chaotic, hugely entertaining, anecdote-ridden, humorous taste of life in the Soccer Saturday studio. Hear what Jeff has to say about some of the show's legendary pundits over the years – ex-players such as George Best, Rodney Marsh, Chris Kamara, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier. Be a fly on the wall of the hotel bar on Friday nights as Jeff and his guests gather for a natter and few drinks.

Get the inside track on all those great one-liners:
• "Mansfield Town's Gareth Jellyman has been shown the red card for dissent. Looks like Jellyman's thrown a wobbly."
• "Darlington's equaliser has been scored by Guyain Ndumbu-Nsungu. Very much a case of local boy makes good." (He's from Congo.)
• "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight."
• "James Brown's grabbed a second for Hartlepool. I feel good!"

Jellyman's Thrown a Wobbly goes a long way to demonstrate how a six-hour long, studio-based show with no live action pictures and featuring men gazing into TV monitors which the viewer can't see, can hold a huge audience enthralled every Saturday afternoon between August and May.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007281269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007281268
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…the warmth of the friendships and sense of fun in the banter comes across…such an enjoyable read”, Four Four Two magazine.

About the Author

Jeff Stelling is a lifelong supporter of his hometown side, Hartlepool United. After an apprenticeship on the local newspaper Jeff became a sports presenter on London’s LBC Radio Sportswatch programme in the early 1980s before moving to BBC Radio 2’s Sport On 2. He later spent time as a sports newsreader at TV-AM, Channel 4, Eurosport and British Satellite Broadcasting before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts. In 1995 Stelling became presenter of what is now called Soccer Saturday. In November 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Teesside, and in 2009 he was voted the Sports Journalists’ Association’s Broadcast Journalist of the Year for the fourth year running, and also became host of Channel 4’s Countdown.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cult book of the cult TV show 30 April 2009
By tsl04
If, like me, you're both a football fan and a Sky Sports subscriber, you'll probably be familiar with Soccer Saturday (at six hours, the longest regular live show on British TV). In this book, Jeff Stelling lifts the lid on the magic box and reveals the secrets behind the show and its panel of ex-player pundits. It's revealing (lots of genuinely interesting behind-the-scenes stuff), refreshingly frank (Stelling isn't afraid to point out the weaknesses and foibles of his fellow panellists), and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.

Jeff Stelling is a broadcasting god, presiding over six hours of unscripted mayhem every Saturday with wit, preternatural cool and some genuinely awful puns (the book's title is but one of many). He's deservedly a cult hero to footy fans everywhere, for whom this book is a must-read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Selling superstar 8 May 2009
Anyone who is familiar with Jeff Stelling's Saturday marathon on Sky Sports will be fascinated and entertained by this book. Some brilliant behind the scenes stories and some great reminiscances of George Best, Rodney Marsh et al as well as an insight into this legendary broadcaster's career from humble beginnings with Radio Teesside to his recent Countdown appointment. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 May 2009
An awesome book. I love football and I love 'Soccer Saturday' ... Saturday just isn't Saturday without it. Strangely, before reading 'Jelleyman' it'd never occured to me that watching 4 retired footballers describing matches that you can't see is actually quite odd. Fortunately, this book goes some way to explaining this phenomenon.

The book itself is very easy to read, you can dip in and out of it with ease and could comfortably read another book at the same time. The narrative style is friendly and conversational, like Jeff! More importantly, it's amusing and provides a fascinating insight into the world of 'Soccer Saturday'.

I've already recommended this book to loads of friends and bought a couple of copies as gifts. One word of warning though. This book would be easily readable by a football loving child. However, there is very occasional heavy swearing. So if you're thinking of buying a copy for your daughter or son, I'd read it yourself first ... and if it's not suitable for them you can keep it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Phil
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Jeff Stelling is a legend among us football fans, and this book wonderfully chronicles the organised chaos surrounding his show Soccer Saturday. This book tells it like it is from the other side of the TV in his usual humourous and sympathetic manner, with him sharing the thrills and spills of our game as an avid Hartlepool fan.
This book comes highly recommended for fellow fans of football, 'Saturday afternoons infront of the telly', and Jeff himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No disappointments here 9 May 2009
By Mags057
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I was expecting this book to be entertaining and I wasn't disappointed. Even as an older, female, half-hearted football fan I really enjoy Sky's Saturday football programme thanks to Jeff's skillful hosting. As you read the book, you can hear Jeff speaking. A good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A laugh a minute 15 Aug 2009
By J. Bodicoat VINE VOICE
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It was the title which caught my eye as Gareth Jelleyman played for my club, Mansfield Town. Then I saw it was Jeff who had written it. I thought that gave me two good reasons at the very least to buy it and I wasn't disappointed. Interesting and funny stories from the show, its characters and behind the scenes make it a light-hearted review of Soccer Saturday that I'm sure all viewers should find entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like football you'll love this 20 April 2009
A humourous insight behind the scenes of quite probably the best football show on the telly. If you know anyone who likes Soccer Saturday, or just football in general, you couldn't go wrong buying them this book. Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal present ... 26 May 2009
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Bought this book for my 'son in-law to be' instead of an Easter egg and he was very pleased with it as he is a fan of Jeff Stelling. A great book for a relaxing read. Would recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I also threw a wobbly!
I am not a huge fan of Soccer Saturday but I have seen it and I am familiar with the format. Jeff Stelling seems a pretty natural presenter and bizarrely the programme seems to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paul Hanratty
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bought as a gift
Published 28 days ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Highly entertaining book full of great anecdotes. Well written and long overdue. Much better than second volume which isn't that good.
Published 3 months ago by Big D
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-congratulary nonsense
Five blokes watch football matches. One of them is responsible for holding it all together. He is fond of a pun and works hard to make sure that he is well-prepared for the show. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NJL1974
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Stelling
A solid book from TV presenter Jeff Stelling. Jeff gives a friendly overview of Soccer Saturday, with anecdotes, notes a side and jokes thrown in. A good read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. C. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars jellyman only a trifle
Really enjoyed first half of book. Lost interest after the footie love in over George Best the the laddish nonsense and bon viv of the over paid and over the hill ex raconteurs I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by racingsnake101
5.0 out of 5 stars Anecdotes and funnies
It does what you expect, lifts the lid and recalls some of the funnies that happen on that brilliant football show. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DC Magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars Stelling strikes !
Jeff's sense of humour is never-ending. I'd like to read his follow-up (if he does one), now that he's switched his allegiance from Hartlepool United to Hyde Town !
Published 7 months ago by Paul from Lancashire
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
My husbandI bought this book for light reading, he found it very entertaining and would recommend it to other football pundits.
Published 8 months ago by C. Buckley
2.0 out of 5 stars Won't read next book
I like j s but I don't think the book is as good as the show . I found it hard going and no where as funny as I thought it would be . Read more
Published 9 months ago by bones
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