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Paying on the Gate: A Bantam's Journey into the Heart of Lower League Football [Paperback]

Jason McKeown
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Book Description

1 Dec 2011
They say you should never change your football team; but when Jason McKeown happens to stumble upon his local club, Bradford City, he instantly finds greater enjoyment from swapping the so-called glamour of Manchester United for the deeper substance of lower league football. No longer cheering for a team which barely cares he exists, Jason is a close up witness to the highs and lows of City's rise to the top and then steep fall all the way back down again. As he grows up from excitable teenager to young adult, the strong bond with the Bantams proves both a hindrance and help in shaping his future. Pay on the gate celebrates the virtues of supporting your local, less glamorous football club as opposed to the superficial nature of following one that wins more often, but with whom you have no relationship. The glory may be in short supply, but Jason's decision to break the golden rule helps him learn what being a football supporter is really about.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Peakpublish (1 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907219250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907219252
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jason McKeown is a Marketing Copywriter by trade, having previously gained experience working in Corporate Communications and studying Journalism at Sunderland University. A keen writer, he combines his passion for following Bradford City by contributing articles and match reports for the City fans site, boyfrombrazil.co.uk, and a regular column for the City Gent fanzine. He has also produced articles for When Saturday Comes and TwoHundredPercent.net. Originally from Wales, Jason lives in the North Yorkshire town of Skipton with his wife Rachel.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, a must for Bantams fans. 18 Jan 2012
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Firstly, let me say that whilst my title says a must for all Bantams fans, fans of any club who have lived through triumph and dejection will be able to relate strongly to Jason's book.

As a fan slightly older than Jason I lived through all his footballing experiences and more but it gives me a great feeling bringing back wonderful and not so wonderful memories of following our beloved Bradford City FC. As a 3rd generaton City fan, i'd like to welcome Jason to the flock and can understand the wisdom of his change in allegiance from Manchester United to Bradford City!!!!

Seriously, Bradford City have hardly if ever been a fashionable club, maybe in our Edwardian Golden age but thats another story. The thing is though, once you are grabbed, you are smitten.

Jason has written the book to coincide with his life experience of schooldays to university to discovering music, drink and girls and the life of work, all honourable practices but always there was his club. Bradford City waiting for him like some 'Lorelei' calling him back if he strayed too far.

Well written in an engaging and entertaining style, it records Citys recent rise and fall from grace in a way that fans who lived it will remember with fondness and dread!!

Highly Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An absolute must buy for any Bradford City or football fan who knows and understands the ups and downs of the football league. Written in a very engaging style you get a real feel for when Jason fell in love with Bradford City. The book charts the rise and spectaular fall of city in the football league and is interwoven with Jason's move to university, falling in love with his wife, top nights out and getting a foot on the career ladder.

As a city fan reading this book it was great to relive some fantastic memories. Jason does an excellent job conveying the pride, passion, disappointment and frustration all football fans feel and will be able to relate to. Looking forward to read Jason's next book where he charts our rise again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step onto the roller coaster!! 11 Feb 2012
Having followed the author's writing on the sadly defunct Boy from Brazil Bradford City website, high expectations of the book were certainly more than met, and this is an enjoyable and evocative journey through a fairly remarkable period, both for the author and the football club.

There is a nice mix of personal and football memories, without overdoing either, and the journey remains well paced throughout. All key moments are dealt with in lots of memory evoking detail and Jason's passion for the club is very apparent throughout.

A great read for any Bradford City fan, particularly given the turbulent nature of the seasons covered (promotion, relegations, administrations etc etc!), and will help you understand why it all is so enduring to be a fan through thick and thin.

Despite the unavoidable Bradford City focus, the book would appeal to other long suffering and genuine football fans also.

Looking forward to the follow up book, charting the subsequent rise back to the top!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars City 'til I die 9 July 2012
In 1997 Jason McKeown did the one thing that no football supporter, barring politicians, must NEVER do - he switched his allegiance from one team to another. Not only that, he switched from Britain's most glamorous club, Manchester United, to one of Britain's least glamorous clubs, Bradford City. Granted, when he decided to support City they were a team on the up. When taking over in 1994 Chairman Geoffrey Richmond had caused widespread merriment when he stated that City would be in the Premiership within five years, but he was proved right when in 1998-99 season City gained promotion.

Jason McKeown writes about what it was like to be a City supporter during those halcyon days. He also writes about his personal life at the time, linking it with City's fortunes on the field. I was interested to learn that his feelings about City's time in the Premiership were very similar to mine; whilst it was good to see some supremely talented players playing for the nation's best teams at Valley Parade, it never felt like City actually belonged there, most of the time it felt like we were uninvited guests at somebody else's party.

After two seasons in the top league, City were relegated but whilst it was expected that they would consolidate and become an established team in the top tier of the Championship it didn't turn out that way and just six years after playing in the Premiership City were playing in the basement league again. McKeown, like City, also struggled during those years. After gaining a degree at university in Sunderland he was unable to find suitable employment and found it difficult justifying the expense of attending City's matches from his home twenty miles away.
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