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Through the Seasons Before Us - Following Nottingham Forest in the 80's

Through the Seasons Before Us - Following Nottingham Forest in the 80's [Kindle Edition]

Steve King
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This book chronicles the true story of the adventures experienced by a group of football fans travelling to watch Nottingham Forest’s controversial UEFA Cup Semi-Final Second Leg against Anderlecht back in 1984. This was a time when football was the domain of the working class male; when football was a tribal culture that had long outgrown the confines of 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon. Set against a backdrop of economic decline, deindustrialisation, urban decay and mass unemployment, football fans in Britain mirrored the brutal social climate of the time. It is often in the face of such adversities that friendships are strengthened and adventures occur; and as in the case of this story, often resulting in memorable escapades and hilarious outcomes. The book turns back the clock; reverses the changes made over the past 30 years and allows the reader to experience football as it was then; seen through the eyes of some of those fans all that time ago.

About the Author

Steve King was born in Kegworth in 1961 and attended schools at Kegworth, Castle Donington and Loughborough prior to working in the transactional print industry from 1980. A lifelong Nottingham Forest supporter, Steve held a season ticket for over 30 years before becoming increasingly disenchanted with the modern game, attending only a dozen or so games since 2011. Over the past thirty years, Steve has remained close friends with all of the main characters within his first book, Through The Seasons Before Us, emphasising the point that the book is just as much about friendship as it is about football.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4743 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: JMD Media; First Paperback Edition edition (17 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Division 23 Oct 2013
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Steve King's journey about a group of friends travelling to watch Nottingham Forest's controversial UEFA Cup Semi-Final Second Leg against Anderlecht in 1984 captures the fun and fear of following the nation's national sport in the pre-Premiership era. As the author captures this Thatcherite age to perfection, their adventure reflects a period when away trips abroad were top division to the working class male. What though is captivating about this story is it goes beyond football. Throughout the book its message portrays the fantastic bond of friendship the lads landing in Belgium have. Steve King reflects on the political period of the time and the transition of how football has become out of reach financially for many of the followers who spent Saturday afternoon's on the terraces in the eighties. An excellent read that so many fans will be able to identify with.
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As a 37 year old forest fan who went to his first game in 1987 I was not old enough to be there but ive been told many stories about this trip away but this is by far the best. A very good read for any forest fan old or young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cloughies Barmy Army 12 Jan 2014
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Great evocation of the time. Its not long ago but in the top of the football business it seems like centuries. Like Steve I am glad I grew up with this more basic football and the camaraderie that surrounded it. It also goes to show that match fixing is definitely not a modern phenomenon!
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