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The Boys from the Black Country: A fan's history of Wolverhampton Wanderers from way back when to just about now Paperback – 14 Oct 2010


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807963
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The hilarious book covers Wolves from ‘Victorian times to the razzmatazz of the Premier League’. Gold, a fan since watching TV coverage of the 1960 FA Cup final against Blackburn, has penned a winner.

The text is faithful to the facts – there is no misrepresentation amongst the imagery … extremely entertaining and readable club history

About the Author

Mark Gold the author of six books, including a novel 'Cranks And Revolutions' (2008) and 'Living Without Cruelty' (1988), voted by The Observer as one of the top green books of the period. Mark also works for Animal Aid and Citizens Advice. He now lives in Devon.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. McIvor on 3 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most entertaining football books I've ever read, but it's also
really informative. While it's a must for Wolves fan with its in-depth, easy
to read history of the club and its relationship with its fans and the town of
Wolverhampton, its also got lots of fascinating stuff about football in general -
from the fight against hooliganism and racism, to the century long debate about
whether players are overpaid or drink too much!

On top of this, Mark Gold tries to place events on the football field in a wider
context, so, for instance, the sacking of Wolves' most successful manager, Stan
Cullis, is related to the growth of youth culture, including concert appearances at
The Gaumont in Wolverhampton by The Beatles. It makes sense, too: - the strict,
old-fashioned ways of the manager didn't carry the same authority with young
players of the 1960s generation as it had done with those who played for Wolves
soon after the war.

What I really like about The Boys from the Black Country is the way it really
brings the past alive, so you feel like you're almost there when Gold tries to
imagine what it was like making your way to Molineux on a wet, winter night in
1953 to watch the famous match in which Wolves beat Honved of Hungary -
thought at the time to be the best team in the world.

But most of all, in places the book is really funny. One of my favourite bits is an
imagined conversation between Glenn Hoddle's agents and Jez Moxey, about
the appointment of Hoddle's training staff.

`No problem', said Jez Moxey, `Who would he like to bring in?'
`His brother, Carl.'
`Really. I haven't heard too much about him. Has he been coaching overseas?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ken h on 2 Jun. 2013
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another must for all those Wolves fans out there its very witty and brings back a lot of memories and facts about this great old football club one of those cant put down when you start to read it books really enjoyable good service as well.
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By peter j vermeer on 21 Dec. 2014
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item just as described and prompt delivery thanks
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