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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (18 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032241
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Roberts has been one of those annoying bike couriers, a security guard, a Civil Servant, a KFC chef who was fired for trying to steal a sample of the secret recipe and a train driver - all before reaching 20. After that, he settled for a career in advertising, which never really hit any heights.
His first book, e-luv: an internet romance came out in 2006 and was followed by The Bromley Boys, which is now being made into a film, two years later. Next up was 32 Programmes in 2011, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. His fourth book, Sad Men came out in 2014.
His loves (aside from his family) include Bromley Football Club, the music of Saint Etienne, Eastenders and golden retrievers.
His favourite books are Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, The Adventures of Goodnight & Loving by Leslie Thomas, Rain Men by Marcus Berkmann and anything by Guy Burgess. More recently, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes and One Day by David Nicholls.
He currently lives in Connecticut, USA but hopes to come home to England someday.

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"Genuinely funny...thoroughly recommended" -- When Saturday Comes, September , 2008

"Hilarious and heart-warming...a great read." -- Coventry Telegraph, September 15, 2008

Genuinely funny...thoroughly recommended
-- When Saturday Comes, August 2008

This marvellous memoir is a must read...exceedingly funny...ranks among the very best books with a sporting theme. -- Birmingham Post, October 2008

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"Genuinely funny...thoroughly recommended"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. J. Jenkins on 25 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
You do not have to come from Bromley to buy & enjoy this book! It is a tale that every supporter of lower league & so called 'non league'teams can relate to.
The expectations of a successful season,are soon outdone by the true reality, yet we still wake up on every match day, keen & eager to trapse all over the land watching our team. The glory hunters of the top Premier league teams have no concept of the roller coaster that is suporting a team that struggles to survive on & off the pitch.

Every supporter thoughout the land shout buy this book for an insite as to the true reality of grass roots football, without which, the elite would not be there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Page on 8 Jan 2009
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This is a really enjoyable book in which Dave Roberts intertwines his memories of a spectacularly unsuccessful Bromley season with the growing pains of a teenage boy, first seemingly sent to a public school to better himself and then quickly 'expelled' partly through his Bromley allegiance. The book has a match by match structure, and with the false dawn of 3 earlish season wins, you wonder why the season is labelled as being so bad. A relentless loss after loss after loss from then onwards, with Bromley's few fans looking for any slight crumb of comfort justifies the title. There are many great anecdotes and stories on the way, with the author finally realising his dreams by helping out in the Bromley Supporters' Club and getting a lift in his hero Alan Stonebridge's car. Why don't Waterstones stock books like this?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2009
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Found this book by accident but then could not put it down.

I was around the same age as the writer and lo and behold I used to go an watch Barking in the Isthmian League at the same time. We had quite a good team and didn't do too bad that season. we had a few good players who I remember - a guy called Butcher and Neville Fox who I knew well as he displayed his goal scoring skills on the pitch and was handy with the slipper at school since he was one of my PE teachers. Such was the joys of being a young adolescent in 1969!!

The book bought back so many memories and the joy of going to Barkings ground, Vicarage Field (Now a shopping centre) and watching every first team and reserve game come sun or rain.

The author really does deliver up a great read. I understand his passion and appreciate his effort in putting it all into writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Pascoe on 30 April 2009
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It's rare for me to read a book that really makes me laugh. The Bromley Boys achieved it - I was laughing out loud, and regularly, right the way through. There were passages I'd still be thinking about (and snorting in public over) a week or so later...

'...when they went 7-0 up with only a couple of minutes left, I looked longingly towards the exit. When they went 8-0 up, the Barking fans started singing 'seven nil, seven nil, seven nil, seven nil'. It was the final humiliation. They'd actually lost count of the score.'

That's the sort of thing you have to tell everybody down the pub!

It's a funny and moving book, written in a disarmingly self-effacing style. I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pip_pin on 17 Mar 2009
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...laughter and tears read. I bought this book for my dad after my husband read it cover to cover in just a couple of days (he isn't known for getting past page 1 of any books). Hearing the outbursts of laughter at regular intervals and seeing the occasions nods of agreement as he worked his way through the pages, only to get to the end and disappointedly say "I don't want to finish it, I'm going to read it again". He has since recommended it to everyone he knows (some of who have now bought and agree it's a cracking read), lent his copy to his dad and emailed the author his thanks!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline_s on 30 Aug 2008
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The Bromley Boys plots the 1969/70 season for Bromley Football Club, a season that by any one's standards was a disaster for the club. Dave Roberts meticulously recollects each game, conjuring up the names of players who have come and gone, giving us brief glimpses of teams practically unknown, teams such as Corinthian Casuals,Wealdstone and Hitchin Town.

The despair at Bromley's persistently poor performance provides the backdrop for another emotionally engaging story. Dave Roberts takes the reader on a charming and delicate journey through a year in his teenage life. In 1969 Roberts was just 14 and in this book he reconstructs the events that occurred in his life, during that year.

These events, sometimes trivial, sometimes moving and sometimes a bit bizarre, spill into the narrative. As a female reader I often found myself almost glossing past the football, looking for these gems about the teenage boy whose awkward and sometimes strange behaviour is truly endearing.

I guess that the possible irony [?] of The Bromley Boys is that it is not only for fans of Bromley Football Club. The author's beloved Bromley could easily be replaced by any one of the many lower division clubs that dot the country. This is a book about what it means to follow a club, what it means to be obsessed, and perhaps most importantly, what it means to belong. It will appeal to any and to all true football fans. Anyone who has sat on a winter's night, shaking with cold as they watch their team hopelessly trudge about the wet pitch, should read his book.

But to call this merely a football book would be an injustice. The delicate and honest portrayal of a year in Roberts' life makes The Bromley Boys a worthy read for any fan of heartfelt, amusing, honest writing.
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