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What a Shot! Your Snaps of the Lost World of Football [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Derek Hammond , Gary Silke
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21 Oct 2013
Football fans love nothing more than faded Polaroids of crumbling grounds, distant players toiling in mud and fences topped with razor-sharp spikes - all snapped from the terraces in the belief that the results would prove worthy of the back page when they arrived back from the developers. At least, that's certainly true of fans of a certain vintage. When '70s and '80s snapshots taken from the stands and terraces were posted on the Got, Not Got blog, traffic tripled overnight and floods of snaps were mailed in from all over Britain. The artistic value of the pics is hilariously mixed, featuring the overexposed back of many a feather cut. But for the kids pictured here in full kit in their back gardens - now grown men - these blurred images of star wingers, knitwear, floodlights and inflatables offer an evocative window into a Lost World of Football - from a fans' eye view.

Also by the authors: The Lost World of Football, What a Shot! and Got, Not Got.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (21 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178748
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There's a whole series of books called Got, Not Got :brilliant books looking back at old football memorabilia." --James Brown, talkSPORT

"When this book landed in my lap, I thought I'd gone to retro heaven - a book of pure photo-based gold. It's a compilation of photos from the authors alongside a host of those sent in from Mr J Public - and by god if it isn't one of the best collection of football photos known to man, then I don't know what is! It's amateurish nature is what gives it its undeniable charm as we all recognise the sort of photos on show. If, like me, you waited with baited breath outside Snappy Snaps (or for them to arrive in the post from Truprint), then you will fall in love with the photos in What a Shot! If you're in any doubt as to whether this book is worth it, I can only urge you to get it. For £12.99, it'd seriously be insane not to." --The Football Attic

"What A Shot! is heaven on earth washed out colour snaps from a pre-digital age, windows back to a world that is literally a millennium ago. On the pitch at Ayresome Park to in the stands at old Filbert Street. An overgrown Valley to photos of the old Stretford End. An old 1970s coach outside the offices at Elland Road. Inflatable bananas at Maine Road. Neglected terraces at Workington. Or fan pictures posing with Steve Bull. You will live the football dream again with these two incredible collections." --Fly Me to the Moon

"Celebrating the lost art of imperfection! The mainly blurred book consists of pictures that fans took with proper cameras in football stadiums 30 or 40 years ago. They're mostly terrible, but impressively so. I love this book!" --Stay-at-Home Indie Pop blog

"What a Shot! is mostly photos taken by contributors from inside the crowd - many from the 1980s. There are plenty of blurry snaps of the backs of people's heads, others are scoffing burgers. It's another lovely thing to hold and to browse. Drop a few hints and you might get both this and The Lost World of Football for Christmas!" --Hopping Around Hampshire blog

About the Author

Derek Hammond has written about football and music for FourFourTwo, club programmes, mirror.co.uk and the NME. Gary Silke is editor of The Fox, one of the original and oldest football fanzines still in existence. The pair have provided football cards for The Onion Bag, BBC1's Match of the Seventies/Eighties and the National Football Museum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How football was before the Premier League 20 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
August 1992 and the Premier League starts. Three years after the Taylor Report, stadiums all over the country are being pulled apart and replaced with identikit all-seater stands.
Italia 90, Fever Pitch, Euro 96, Fantasy Football - football is cool again. As if replacing parts of stadiums wasn't bad enough, clubs start to realise they need to ditch their heritage and build big and ugly soul-free stadiums that all look the same and are devoid of character.
What a Shot documents what football was like before all of this. We've seen books full of beautifully-captured images of football grounds pre-Hillsborough, but this is how it was. This is what happened when the average football fan took their poor quality camera to the match and captured the reality of watching football when the experience for the fan was pretty awful.
The key thing to remember is that nobody who took these pictures ever imagined they'd appear in a book one day. That for me is the true beauty of this book. Such a simple idea but full of so many memories of what the beautiful game used to be like before it all changed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a viewing 13 Mar 2014
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SOME GREAT OLD PHOTOS- BUT a few are badly out of focus. All in all some terrific memories from the 70s !
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Football was football 27 Jan 2014
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As someone who the modern game grates on me then this book takes you back to an era when the game was real it wasn't all about the money and you DIDN'T take your life into you own hands by daring to step in to a stadium regardless of the hype etc over hooliganism. Anyone who remembers the game how it was will like this book anyone who likes their Emirates style stadium with their padded seat then not for you!
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