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Pointless Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755313526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755313525
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Connor was born in Manchester and now lives in Edinburgh. He is the rugby correspondent of Scotland on Sunday. He has written nine books, including the definitive story of the Busby Babes (The Lost Babes) to be published by Canongate in November 2004, and Up and Down Under, an account of the 2001 British Lions tour.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great read.
Everyone of those glory hunters out there who follow the big boys(chelsea,man utd,arsenal) should read this book and appreciate what being a true dedicated football fan is all about.
to stick with the team through season after season of despair is a tribute to the heartly souls of East Stirling.
i found the book very enjoyable and the trips to the small clubs around the lower leagues of scotland a pleasure .
hats off to the author for writing a highly enjoyable and different slant on football writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Taylor on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I'll admit to being an armchair fan of East Stirlingshire after reading this book. I really enjoyed Jeff Connors honest (and in parts comedy) writing as I ended up reading this book as if I was there, sharing the moments with the author. Its a nice break from books about the successful clubs and to see how life is at the other end of the scale. Its Funny, sad, embarrassing and it sometimes makes you wonder why on occasions the players put themselves through the torture of playing for this club. East Stirlingshire might not have many fans turn up to their games but anyone who reads this book might end up looking for their results on a Saturday..or I am the only one :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fraser on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Pointless is an entertaining read and takes in teams and venues that are barely more than a name on a pools coupon to many people. You have to admire the Shire, battling on in the face of apathy in the local community and derision from football fans far and wide.

But it has to be said there are a number of basic errors in this book that will stick out like a sore thumb to those well-versed in the Scottish game. There has also been a fair bit of cutting and pasting done when discussing other sides (Chunks of an article I'd written on my Cowdenbeath site were lifted verbatim)

But a decent read and one of the few written about the lower reaches of Scottish football.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Cotton on 1 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I managed to read Pointless in three days, in part this is due to the book being an enjoyable read but is also due to the book being a bit lightweight, more of a magazeine peice than a book. I couldn't help feeling that the book seemed rather slim on detail considering the close access that was provided by the club over the course of a whole season. The history of the club doesn't really figure much on the teamsheet either and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that the club had appeared out of the ether on a foggy day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on 15 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ok maybe a little bit biased here because since moving close to the area I have been a part time follower of The Shire for 2 years now, but have recently purchased this book. And how glad am I that I did. Fantastic stuff and the first book I've ever read in 3 days, got me hooked from the off and shows you how not to run a football club, in more ways than one. Thank God it's not like that now.

The book is witty, sad and a definite read for football fans all around the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter 'saintee' on 13 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Being an exiled, football mad scotsman, I found this book enthralling. It was well written, witty, satirical but above all honest. The author must have had a fantastic time doing this book and the insight into the running of any football club must be an eye-opener for anybody, but I am sure he had to put on his sunglasses (and earplugs) sometime, as the content of the managers' comments would make anyone cringe. I felt like I was visiting the football ground myself (as I have done years ago) and nothing has changed in over 35 years. An honest, down- to-earth book. Not to be missed by any, and I repeat any, true football enthusiast.
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Format: Hardcover
I was visiting England in August, and took a chance on this book when I spotted it at a charity shop. It was either this one or a bio on George Best (who I saw play when he was in the States), and I took the road less travelled. I did not regret it.

At the opposite end of the footy spectrum from Man U, Celtics and Rangers are clubs like East Stirlingshire, who draw fewer than 1,000 fans and struggle to make ends meet, although East Stirling seem to represent the extreme bottom. However, like another reviewer said, I ended up as "an armchair fan" of this club largely because of the way Connor put this book together. I, too, check the tables every so often to see how they're doing now, even though only Derek Ure, Stephen Oates and Shaggy Thywissen remain on the roster.

Anybody who cheers for the underdog and is a bit tired of books full of florid prose about this or that dynasty should absolutely get this book. East Stirling is a lot easier for this Yank to relate to than the likes of David Beckham.
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By R. Jacobs on 19 July 2007
Format: Paperback
As an avid football fan and massive reader in many football books I can honestly say I wasn't expecting much from this book. I bought it because I had just finshed my last book (an autobioraphy by the way - Steven Gerrard's) and needed to have something to read on the train home. This frank tale gives perspective to an area of football that most football fans have no insight into. This books puts into words what it means to follow a team through thick and thin even when you know there is no hope. The tales told are hilarious as they are honest and you truly believe you are there. This is a must read and for anyone thinking about reading this book, I strongly urge to pick up this book.
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