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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, encapsulates the importance of the beaautiful game in defining our nation
Gray visited towns and cities across England in the 2011-2012 season, examining their relationships with the local football teams. From Burnley to Carlisle, Crewe to Leyton, Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters explores the diversity of England and the relationship between a local team and the town they are part of. More than purely a book about football, this is a history...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be bored...
Read the reviews, on here and in WSC - thought i'd have a blast on the book as it sounded like a no brainer...

This was mind numbing & at the best of times. It just comes across as made up twaddle (he talks utter rubbish - his tone is not what I'd expect from a 30 year old) - his take on Middlesbrough & Sheffield in the first 2 chapters left me wondering that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's more to football than EPL, 23 Jan. 2014
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A journey through England, well observed, interesting and amusing, taking in towns and football clubs that may have seen better days but still have character and identity. It stands well in comparison to Bill Bryson.
I really enjoyed the book, and would thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 30 Nov. 2013
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Highly entertaining account of travels in modern England using football as the framework. I really enjoyed the authors writing style - a vivid use of words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A football must read, 25 Jan. 2015
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A very unusual and personal book by a football enthusiast which illustrates that there is more to football especially English football than meets the eye. All football fans should read this book as it will help them to enjoy the game even more.

Derek Mead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luton Town Supporter, 26 Nov. 2013
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It was the word Hatters in the title that led me to this. However it's a great social history and has been much appreciated by my friend living in Australia as it accurately describes the towns we visited in our youthful football fan days
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 July 2014
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Great book, very interesting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be bored..., 17 Jan. 2014
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Read the reviews, on here and in WSC - thought i'd have a blast on the book as it sounded like a no brainer...

This was mind numbing & at the best of times. It just comes across as made up twaddle (he talks utter rubbish - his tone is not what I'd expect from a 30 year old) - his take on Middlesbrough & Sheffield in the first 2 chapters left me wondering that he was really trying too hard to be 'funny' for his readers, it doesn't sit as easy reading for me & i got bored very quickly, his little quips where not for me.

They are for many other on here but, just a few pages into 'Luton' (3rd chapter) the contents of my flask unknowingly leaked out & while the back seat of Gary's Ford Focus was dark enough to mask the coffee stains, the books white pages were not & thus where turned into a soggy brown pulp.

I didn't have the great notion to air it out & carry on, i'd simply had enough of it - so, my review is of the first 2 'chapters' if you like, not much of a review but i had a feeling it was going to carry on on the same 'made up twaddle' tune.

Shame really as i was really looking forward to the book after the reviews. Gary didn't notice the coffee stains on the back seat and my long 'away day' road trip to York ended in a 3-2 win, every cloud has a silver lining.
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