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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2012
I enjoyed this little e-book but I have to say that I was left wanting more.

The first chapter was insightful and thought-provoking, shedding new light for me on the way the top clubs think and what they can realistically achieve (an issue highlighted even more by the current RVP 'saga').

However, I have to say that the chapters that followed didn't seem to provide the same depth for me. They were certainly worth reading but didn't add as much to the events that they described.

I got to 74% through the book and found I'd reached the last day of the season. What would follow? And now here's the real negative. The last 25% of the book is just adverts for Nick Hornby's other novels. And other people's work too!

You can only feel let down by this and wish that maybe things had ended more strongly. As an Arsenal fan, I am all too familiar with this feeling of course.

An enjoyable read, entertaining but for the cynical marketing involved. Bit like Premiership football really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2012
The script is good as one would expect from Hornby though it could contain a bit more meat on the bones. Disappointed that the last 24% of the content is given over to reviews of other Hornby/Penguin publications. Left a bit of a sour taste at £1.99 for what basically seems to be a vehicle for advertising other works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2012
I love Nick Hornby books, and actually have already read all of his advertised books which take up the last 26% of this book.

He has interesting thoughts on the money in football, the current game vs the old and the race rows in last season, but that's really it.
Some points he just even says Saturday xx October, Blackburn X QPR x
And no comments, almost like he was going to come back and fill in the comments but didn't bother.

The book is 3% by the opening page, and by 74% or so it's finished.

I understand this is a short book, but provides little content, and I finished it on a 20min train journey into work. I think I expected a little more of Hornby and a bit more content for £1.99
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on 11 July 2013
I've always enjoyed Nick Hornby, even as a Spurs fan...

Here he's written a very good report on the season before last, with the honestly unbelievable final day- for so many reasons.

As a football fan in general, the season was the most enjoyable (even more so than getting in the champions league) in PL history. Hornby selects a few matches to discuss as vital toward the shape of the season, and this forms the spine of the notes. Do not expect a full on season review, as this book is not that.

The only criticism that denies it five stars is that it does seem quite Arsenal-centric. As I would with anything to do with them. Would recommend to any football fan whom enjoyed 2011/12 as much as I did.
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on 4 May 2013
The reason I liked this book is because it an honest account of a season that highlighted how great supporting a football club can be. It does not go into the technical, fancy, tactical merits of the game but does give Hornby a forum to reflect on a season that was like no other.

A great little read - but was disappointed by the 25 advertising at the back too like most reviews.
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on 16 July 2012
The perfect digest of the season. I wish Nick Hornby would write more on football - he is better than anyone.

Fantastic, funny and clever on the John Terry/Ferdinand race row.
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on 16 February 2013
Another great and entertaining read from the pen of Nick Hornby. Digests the 2011-12 season perfectly. A well recommended read at a good price.
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on 15 January 2013
If you love football and have a sense of humour ......... a must to read. Two days after opening it and it all too quickly had ended.
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on 1 September 2013
Hornby always gives an excellent insight into the crazy nature of football and it's a good nostalgic read of a great season
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