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When Football Was Football: Chelsea: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club Hardcover – 8 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844259536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259533
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andy Sherwood is Deputy Editor of the original men's magazine, Loaded. A journalist for 15 years, he previously worked on Shoot, the football magazine, as Features Editor, where he interviewed many of the biggest names in the game, including Chelsea stars Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and former players such as Chris Sutton. He's also worked for Smash Hits, Q and FHM and is Editor-At-Large of The Sno, a ski magazine for seasonaires in France.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on the Hill on 6 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I wish I'd read the reviews on here before buying, though I had a quick flip through the book in a shop befroe buying online. I was well aware that the book only covered a certain period of Chelsea's history and that was actually part of the attraction.
However when I opened the book I did think the first big colour picture looked wrong, surely the old North Stand was in the wrong place? No, they've printed the photo back to front! In a book that is largely picture based this is unforgivable, but luckily the rest of the pictures seem to be the right way round, though I'm not sure all the captions are correct. When did John Hollins ever play against Ricky Villa for Chelsea and when did we wear that kit?
Slightly odd choice of Chelsea legends written about too, Durie! And don't get me started on the writing itself as I know I could have done better at least in checking my facts. So Ossie made his debut against Wokingham in the League Cup!! Words fail me.
Only get this if youv'e had a look first and like the selection of pictures.
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As a Chelsea fan of nearly 50 years I was recently given this book as a birthday present and found it generally quite a good publication. I enjoyed the many photos which bring back memories. Ok some of the text has some bad mistakes but amongst all the many Chelsea books in my collection I can't recall one without some sort of error in it. Also some of the other reviews seem to totally miss the point of the book. One of them states "history seems to stop at 1991". The title, "When Football Was Football" is a clue to the content ! And a look inside the front cover finds an explanation that it is all about Chelsea history BEFORE the Premier League existed. Got it now ? I think it compares favourably with other efforts and would recommend it to younger fans many of who are under the impression the game began in 1992
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJC123 on 20 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Football Was Football: Chelsea: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the ClubThis book was bought for me as a birthday present. It's awful, a slipshod collection of photos. Lazy journalism of the worst kind. Apparently history stopped in 1991, presumably because it was too expensive to reproduce any later photos.
Avoid it completely.
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By DCollins77 on 13 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's a good idea for a book, and there are some nice photos in there, but not much else to appeal to football history fans - it feels a bit empty and doesn't have any depth to it. It is nostalgic, but it's far from comprehensive. If it was £8 cheaper then maybe it'd be a decent stocking-filler.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By QueSera on 5 Jun. 2010
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The description sounds like this would be an interesting historical photographic look of around 100 years of Chelsea Football Club - it isn't. Although published in 2010, surprisingly the pictures (and text) finish at 1991, thereby missing the most successful period of the club. Okay, this might therefore be good for the more recent supporter or follower of the team. Wrong again. I have not thoroughly read all the text, but even my cursory glance through this book I noticed a quite a few inaccuracies. But then again, this is not a text driven historical record of Chelsea, it's more a photo and picture book story? No, several of the pictures have been reversed (left has become right & right, left) and B&W pictures partially coloured or have graphics or newspaper cuttings superimposed over them.

In summary, this is not much more that a glorified scrap album. Okay for a browse through but if you are looking for a serious record of "The Blues" or "The Bridge" you may well be disappointed.

Don't buy this, instead buy Rick Glanvill's superb "Chelsea Football Club - The Official History in Pictures" for a similar price but is 10 times better in every respect.
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By Bridgemary on 17 Oct. 2014
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Great book of large photographs an ideal present for an older Chelsea Football club fan.
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