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on 20 August 2007
This is an honest look at the lives of an unfashionable team in the mid-seventies. Notts County never had class, they did have organisation and an unlikely bunch of heroes chronicled here. McVay's book is punchy, pithy and unrelenting on the day to day stuff from the birds, the beers and the dangers of getting deep heat treatment too close to your reproductive organs. Funny and all the better for not being over-long, highly recommended.
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on 7 August 2014
An book that shows a world only 20 years ago that seems to be of a different country in a long distant past - shows professional footballers who were grateful to be playing even when they were hacking lumps out of each others shins then had to catch a charabang home - it never occurred to them that they were super-stars - an insiders view of a world long gone - recommended as a light read but essential to all fans of the beautiful game
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on 6 May 2015
This is THE book of English football in the 70's. Dunphy's 'Only a Game?' is good. This is great. Very funny. Very wry. Sometimes sad, but not every page can be filled with laughter..
You will never read another book by a footballer who played in the last two decades after reading this. They have no stories to tell.. This book, even the smallest few lines are compelling.
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on 20 October 2013
Interesting to read about footballers before their over inflated pay packets. Diet training and over indulgence in beer has changed dramatically. I have read a few diary of books and don't enjoy them has much as a biography still not a bad read especially if you were a Notts County fan in David McVays day.
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on 16 September 2015
this is an excellent book about a journeyman player at Notts County in the mid seventies. I is a very realistic book in that it evokes memories of that
era but there is the humour of the various types of players and there egos or lack of them.
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on 12 April 2015
Brilliantly written a book you can read again and again. Makes you laugh all the way through. Was in tears at the though of Jimmy Sirrel trying to keep back the throads of baying supporters on the rampage with a corn spatula.
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on 22 August 2013
Storys from the seventies that now seem unreal for proffesional sportsman,a million miles away from the players of today who probably dont drink or smoke, and certainly dont want anything to do with fans a good read.
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on 12 August 2013
For those interested and supporting Lower league teams in the 70's it was a bit of Nostalgia and also insight into the life of a Lower league Footballer.

Did laugh out load a few times , it is worth a read
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on 15 October 2014
Football at grass roots level with a 'real' footballer.
You could almost smell the lineaments in the dressing room.
Football life outside the premiership as it is - a tough world without the luxuries.
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on 24 November 2013
Good read, well written ... for a fat bloke! Lol! Captures the game and the characters of a bygone era very well. Enjoy his current work on Backpass but would ask "when's the Black Forest Gateaux" coming out?!
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