on 26 December 2010
This is a very readable history of Everton Football Club from their foundation either to 2002 (the older hardback edition) or up to date (with the 2010 edition). The format is chronological and the writing rattles along. The author has done an excellent job researching the history of the club and the team, but more importantly in expressing it in a readable way. He founded an Everton fanzine in the 1990s and his love of the team shows through in a way that any football fan can relate to. I especially enjoyed the chapters on the early years and the Harry Catterick title winning team of the 1970s. The only criticism I have is that the content is a little skewed towards more recent years - I'm always wary of the Sky Sports "Football Began in 1992" myth.
Overall, you don't have to be an Everton supporter to enjoy this book, but it would probably help if you didn't actively dislike them. Recommended reading for any open-minded football supporter.
on 4 November 2003
Having spent most of my adult life reading dull sporting picture books this masterpiece describes the life and history of one of the worlds oldest and stylish football clubs. It is possible to read it in bit size segments or to digest the whole thrilling story from Victorian beginnings to the age of Moyes and Rooney. Written from the angle of a trained historian with a background in fanzine wit and irreverence, this book lifts the lid off the stories of footballing glories and puts the reader into a fans eye view of Dixie Deans 60th goal and exposes the trauma and decay of the Johnson era.
This book is thought provoking, funny, and most of all , an enjoyable read. James Corbett has excelled himself. Everton supporters and football lovers in general should put this on their wish list for Christmas.
on 1 November 2003
As an Evertonian this book has been a long time coming but the wait was certainly worth it. From the foreword by our very own Golden Vision, Alex Young, this book is impossible to put down. The first words of chapter one encapture what it means to be an Evertonian and go to Goodison to see the mighty Blues.
Seriously, this book is impossible to put down because of the sheer quality of the writing. It's brilliant to have a book of such quality written about the Blues.
We all know parts of the story but to finally have the complete story written in such a way is brilliant.
This is a MUST for any Evertonian!!!!! Sheer pleasure.
on 7 April 2013
I have to admit that James Corbett's book is one of the best histories on Everton Football Club, and at a bargain basement price too. One point that was highlighed in the book was that Widnes was a new town created for the Liverpool people who were moved from the city due to redevelopment. Runcorn was extensively revamped for this purpose, but both Widnes and Runcorn were towns in their own right. Undoubtedly a classic that Toffee fans will enjoy again, and again.
on 10 July 2004
The peason who reveiwed this book captured the total passion, glory, dispair and grief, of a an Evertonian! It tells how a great football club can gain so many honours, but shruggle in a league which is dominated by millilionaires. Not a lot of people know that, in terms of honours, this club ranks 4th in the english league. But this book tells of the days when everton were certainly No1. Happy reading.
on 13 November 2014
Toffee de luxe as this is one for true Blue Evertonians. The history was well researched and concise; I learned why Liverpool supporters apparently used to barrack Jack Balmer, even though (according to my dad who was from Everton - yes, I know EFC has not been located in EVeron for centuries), he was a much better played than Cyril Done whose frequent mistakes they seemed to forgive. He was a nephew of another Balmer who was full back in Everton's FA cup winning team of 1906. Now put that one in your pub quiz.