Customer Reviews


7 Reviews
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best football book ever written, 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
A beautifully-written book, charting the unlikely rise of the most minor of non-league football teams to the giddy heights of an FA Cup final victory. It's far more, though, than some Roy of the Rovers fantasy; the story of how the team is created from the inhabitants of a village in the middle of nowhere in an age when all football games started at 3 o'clock on Saturdays and the players wore the numbers 1 to 11 on their jerseys is yet another example of J L Carr's masterly writing. When you've read and admired this, buy his other books, starting with the Harpole Report.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn, 19 Jun 2010
By 
P. G. Harris - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
Take J L Carr's feeling for the sensibilities and tensions of village life as shown in "A Month in the Country" and infuse it with a very strong dose of Michael Palin's "Ripping Yarns" and you have this book.

It is the story of a small village football team which adopts the coaching theories of a Hungarian teacher(strangely prescient of Arsene Wenger), picks up a couple of ex professionals and fights its way to Wembley where Glasgow Rangers (newly admitted to the FA Cup) are defeated. Yes, in terms of plot spoilers, the title of this book is up there with the finest.

At its best the book is utterly charming and at its worst strays into whimsy. There is an entertaining cast of characters, Gidner, the narrator and all round geeky dogsbody, Dr Kosouth the theorist, the overbearing chairman Fangfoss, the ex-pros Arthur and Sid, and the independent woman, Ginchy Trigger.

The book is part homily to middle England, part satire upon it, part gentle assault on the powers who ran football at the time, and part boys own adventure.

A thoroughly entertaining light read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It. For sports fans and dreamers alike, 3 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
Beautifully written and totally charming. Made me feel like I, and my park team, could get there. An affectionate look at sportsmanship, English village life and the grass roots of what football is about. Fantastic characters. A gem
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J.L.Carr does it again., 13 May 2009
By 
Mrs. Iris P. Belsten (Holyport, Berkshire, U.K) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
Once again J.L.Carr has written an entirely original book. This seemingly simple tale of how a small village's football team wins the mighty F.A. Cup is believable, funny and represents the true ethos of sport, now sadly vanished. He includes vivid pictures of characters who remain true to themselves as the team move through the rounds of the tournament to ultimate success - a heart-warming page-turner for football lovers and all who remember what it used to be like.

Iris Belsten
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable reading, 13 Aug 2007
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
Carr's book about a small football team going on to win the FA cup is entertaining. It might not the most clearly-written book (sometimes it is hard to know when and where the book is set), nor is it intensely about football (Carr writes a lot about what is happening off the field). An enjoyable and exciting read, neverthless, the book certainly has something to offer -- especially for me, as I come from the village where the novel is set!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tale, 11 May 2012
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
A thoroughly enjoyable yarn. A page turner of improbability. A conservative English tale of the oppressed small yeomen overcoming modernity with the wide eyed candour of innocence. Totally unbelievable, but a cheery entertainment nevertheless. Escape to the country.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Steeple Sinderby and the Cup, 12 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup (Paperback)
Prompt arrival and condition was as described - used but clean and readable. The story was fun and well worked out. I haven't heard yet how my footballing grandchildren got on with it !
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First
ARRAY(0xb443a0a8)

This product

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup
How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup by J. L. Carr (Paperback - 1 Dec 1992)
6.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews