6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I still remember buying the first ever edition of Shoot back in 1969 and up to a few months ago I still had a complete set of the first 374 copies. When I was forced to dump the lot after discovering that damp had got to them I was quite upset, not just because I had planned to sell them but also because a part of my young life was ending up in a skip rather than being enjoyed and appreciated by someone else. Because Shoot holds such good memories for me I was pleased to find that this book, published under the Shoot banner, is a first class publication.
This is a big, glossy book. It looks good and is well laid out with lots of facts about every current league club. I was particularly impressed that the compilers had thought to include an additional section which tells you about the clubs that used to be, but are no longer, league clubs. Each league team is listed alphabetically, and for each club there is a statistic section (honours, biggest win, record buy etc, etc), a potted history (which are generally well written and to the point), photo's old and new, five facts (basically club trivia) and a "famous old boy". Whilst there are a few errors, particularly with the captions of the photos (Charlie Cooke is labelled as being Bobby Tambling and Luther Blissett as John Barnes, for example) it is the players chosen as famous old boys that caused my eyebrows to raise more than any other. The idea is that one player is chosen as being the most important in the clubs history; whilst this is fine in many instances, i.e. Bobby Moore at West Ham or Tom Finney at Preston, some of the choices beggar belief. In Sheffield, for instance, would either a United or Wednesday fan REALLY name Brian Deane or Kevin Pressman as being the most influential in their history? And why does Manchester United have two famous old boys but every other club just one?
Despite this should you be looking for a good, readable football reference book you could do much worse than choose this one.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2015
I really wanted to buy this book, but wouldn’t even want it as a gift.
Having read the one comprehensive review - this book is a disappointing read I can say that with confidence, even though I have not read It. If the compilers are not able to be accurate with Players names and photographs, that’s poor and put off for me in the bin it goes. And why does Manchester United have two famous old boys but every other club just one? Yes please tell me why. That is just one reason why so many football fans hate that particular club it’s as if somebody is trying to convince me and others that in some way that football club is Special more special than any other nothing could further from the truth. I don't feel good even giving it 1 star