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4.0 out of 5 stars
Off the Ball, 25 Nov. 2010
This is NOT a book requiring football finaticism or knowledge about the F.A. set-up, tho' a mild interest in the game may help.
It's amusing, anecdotal (with several embellishments to stories, no doubt), and doesn't always express the soccer equivalent of political correctness that you'd anticipate from someone retained within the professional game. Exasperations are noted, and mistakes admitted among the stories surrounding the escapades of a "normal bloke" who happened to get involved in the middle levels of the "beautiful game".
Loosely threaded within, there's inference of a saintly, patient and understanding wife.
An attraction is the shortness of the chapters, which raise a smile during, or at the end of a busy day. Even if it's not your cup of tea, it could be a man-gift. And the royalties go to a cancer charity. How many celebrities do that?