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Send Them Victorious: England's Path to Glory 2006-2010 (Zero Books) [Paperback]

David Stubbs
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3 Jun 2010 Zero Books
Since 2006, under the guise of the Wing Commander, a somewhat xenophobic veteran of numerous campaigns including the Boer War, David Stubbs has written reports on every major England fixture. These lay stress just not on the inestimable virtues of the England team, who merely by being English hold an advantage over the opposition, but on the shabby deficiencies of their hapless foreign opponents. They're larded with historical reference and cultural speculation as to the frightfulness of the swarthy foe. England, as ever, expects in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup. These reports capture the essence of fervent, St George cross flag waving optimism as footballing fever grips the nation. These reports are interspersed with a brace of other football-based characters conceived by Stubbs, including Hartley Sebag-Ffiennes, pompous aesthete and Arsenal supporter, Hugh McLaughton, the broadsheet correspondent nostalgic for football's golden age of voluminous shorts and lace up balls, Self Righteous Liverpool fan and the appallingly sleazy Inappropriate Championship Manager. They amount to an unrivalled compendium of satire on the febrile and fervent world of modern football.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846944570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846944574
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Stubbs's England match reports make me weep with laughter. --Ben Marshall, The Guardian

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David Stubbs is a freelance journalist and author working in Britain, whose work regularly appears in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Wire, Men's Health and When Saturday Comes among others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 11 Jun 2010
Along with the Wing Commander, Inappropriate Championship Manager and Self-righteous Scouser provide a pant wettingly funny take on English football. Funny even if you're not a football fan.
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Like most fans of football from the English speaking and sky sports influenced world, I take an above average interest in English football. I have my English team to support (Liverpool) and with that, the consequent list of teams to hate. It is a wonderfully fulfilling if entirely vicarious relationship.

Unfortunately, one cannot invest so much time and emotional energy in a league without sparing some attention to that league's national team. Thus one becomes, no matter one's nationality, fascinated by the continual failure of England, the home of football, to make any kind of credible assault on European or World titles. It can be a source of great mirth to anyone of a more Celtic, Teutonic, Latin or Frankish demeanour.

Stubbs manages to not only turn that humour on its head, by mining English failure for levels of humour, no Celt could ever hope to manage about the Ould Enemy, but he then uses that humour to highlight why England continues to fail i.e. an arrogant inability to realise that football has moved on, but England has not.

If all that means nothing to you, this book will still provide you with belly laugh after belly laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the English 8 Sep 2010
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An Awesome book that only the English could write. Only the English could create a great look at their team, only to have the ending we all know happened at the World Cup.

But knowing how the World Cup turned out for the English doesn't take away from the book, if anything, it adds to the supreme enjoyment the non-English fan will get from reading the book. It might even help explain why the English fan turned on Capelo so much after the world cup.

A fantastic look at international soccer with a new, sharp eye for details that would otherwise go unseen.
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