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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks (14 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189980790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807901
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking their cue from TV’s Grumpy Old Men, the authors pour forth on an A-Z of topics with well-observed humour rather than relentless negativity. Modern football is given credit where due, and there is praise for the Jeff Stelling/Ray Stubbs Saturdays head-to-head, which evokes memories of classic Dickie Davies vs Des Lynam battles. Again it hits the right tone: nostalgic, without being sentimental; and scathing without being bitter. The only problem is the first book is a hard act to follow. Davidson and Hunt neatly sidestep this by tackling a few more obscure subjects, such as end-of-season videos, grassburns on the knees. balloon football (played indoors at Christmas), as well as some new bugbears, including thee vuvuzela and the Europa League. This book is just as thought-provoking as the original, but if anything, even more poignant in the light of football's impending financial meltdown. It may not quite reach the heights of the first book, simply because the first one hit most of the targets already, but this excellent sequel captures the mood of the times brilliantly. (Jon Crampin)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Paterson on 27 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I write this a few hours after England crashed out of the 2010 World Cup, demolished by a German side who were superior in every department. Another low point for English football. Not long after the final whistle I reached for my copy of Modern Football is Still Rubbish. I wasn't looking for answers (although the authors make plenty of sensible suggestions), I needed cheering up. Make no mistake this book is funny, perhaps even funnier than the original. These boys/middle-aged men like to moan about the ills of the modern game, but they also make plenty of wry observations that can't help but make you laugh.

They cleverly mix nostalgia with rage, but are very aware that the football of their youth was far from perfect either. In the midst of the despair at our current World Cup exit it is worth remembering that we were deprived of England's participation in the World Cup for almost the entire 1970s. The rants are well directed, whilst the nostalgic sections on 'The Forgotten Smells of Football' will have you you pining for both dubbin and fried onions in the turn of a page. Entries on end of season videos, faux-centenaries and modern footballs (an evolution that will only be complete when the one of those 99p footballs you buy from the local garage are the official matchball of the next World Cup) will have you nodding your head in agreement.

The authors really deserve more widespread recognition, if only for putting down on the page what everyone else is thinking. This summer we've had to put up with celebrities trying to be funny about football - this book contains more laughs on one page than I can remember in an entire episode of James Corden's World Cup Live.

All I can say is if you need cheering up - buy a copy of this book. Five Stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Godleman on 20 Sept. 2010
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After Baddiel and Skinner went their way in pursuit of money, abandoning their hard-earned football credibility, and Saint and Greavsie had been fired by the myopic imbeciles at ITV, those who looked for humour in football became distraught. Suits and the hirsute became the norm at Sky, and laughs were thrown out in favour of super slomo replays and seventy quid a month subscriptions to watch Saturday evening Premiership games; these games now attended by a handful of fans who'd rather be at home watching the 0-0 dirge in front of them, but couldn't stomach losing the £65 they'd shelled out for match tickets before the game was moved to a Saturday evening kick-off. Yes, modern football, and it is still rubbish.

Nick Davidson and Shaun Hunt, having already captured the misery of the modern game in their first book 'Modern Football is Rubbish', now delve more savagely into the mechanics of football's demise, and have produced a real treat for all football fans who care about the beautiful game. From a reminder of 'balloon football' and 'stairball' to a postmodern analysis of Tim Lovejoy's media career (a short chapter) and renegade linesmen, this is a great way of taking your mind off the morning misery of mobile phone rants on the train into work. The book contains revelations on Gordon Ramsay's football 'career', end of season DVDs and exactly what it was that trainers put in the 'magic sponge' to help corpulent strikers recover so quickly from a kick in the groin.

I would like to urge modern educationalists to have this book put on the GCSE curriculum, in the hope that it might teach some of the up and coming Chelsea shirt-wearing kids just what football was really like before it became a millionaires' playground.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Lythgoe on 12 Sept. 2010
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Well what more can I say except what a fantastic read, had me hooked the whole way through, great follow up to 'Modern Football is Rubbish'.

It's a must have book, great gift to yourself, or for anyone vaguely interested in the game! Great stocking filler...

Well done again to the authors for yet another FANTASTIC book! Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce123 on 21 Nov. 2010
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I read the first book and agreed with everything that was said.Modern Football Is Rubbish: An A-Z of All That Is Wrong with the Beautiful Game Sometimes second books do not reach the same high standards, but although there are many new and different targets they still maintain their humorous and satirical style.
Many celebrities have put their name to similar books over the past year, but none understand football like these two! No famous links or name dropping for these two - they would rather stick the boot in.
This is a great Christmas present and a great item to take you over the Supersaver delivery price. I bought many of the first books for my male relatives last year and they all loved it, so I have bought some of the second for this year!
Some of the favourite areas are again in their sights - smells of the games, comic book characters, FIFA, UEFA and obscure TV and film references.
Fed up with football? Read this and remember why you fell in love in the first place!
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