6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2008
Quite how Andy Mitten is credited as the author is a bit of a mystery. This book is a collection of articles from 442 Magazine written by some excellent writers - the guy that wrote the Cairo derby piece stands out - yet it is packaged up as Mr Mitten's work. Anyway, it is good in parts, but if you read 442 then you will already have read them.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The author (along with other contributers) covers derbies from all around the world both big and small. Whilst this is an interesting mix from all continents, each derby is covered by 11-15 pages which is also a weakness. Just as you get reeled in, the chapter is over but is entertaining none the less. The derbies are also viewed from the side the author happens to be with at time of writing thus it may come across as one sided. Some chapters are the work of other writers such as the West Ham/Millwall segment which really should have been removed from the book. I have nothing against either team just the poor lad's mag journalism used in the chapter. No information is given as to why the teams hate one another and all we are given is a scenario of fans sitting in a pub slagging each other in cockney slang.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2009
As a football fan I was intrigued to read this book. It looks at football derbies from around the globe. Each chapter is devoted to a football rivalry from one particular city or even country. It looks at the fans ,their views,the history and gives us a glimpse of the cities themselves. It takes us to less obvious places such as Tel Aviv, Torshaven(The Faroe Islands), and Calcutta. Indeed for this reader it was these stories on the"lesser lights of football" that stood out. Most of the chapters are written by different authors and so I felt the quality of work did vary. The chapter on Millwall V West ham was over the top due to the continued use of expletives used to convey this particular footballing rivalry. Also it did seem odd that Andy Mitten who wrote a number of chapters was the only writer credited. Nevertheless this is an highly enjoyable read for all true football fans.