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Tax your knowledge & revel in nostalgia,
This review is from: You Are the Ref: 50 Years of the Cult Classic Cartoon Strip (Hardcover)This is a marvellous book of escapism.
It is divided into three sections, "The Early Years 1952 - 1969", "The Shoot ! Years 1969 - 1983" & "The Observer 2006 - " It follows the evolution of the "You Are The Ref" quiz strip from the early days (when it was known as "Hey Ref") up to the present.
This is not just page after page of "You Are The Ref" strips, there is a real variety & mix of all sorts of football nostalgia - old player profiles, match reports , results & fixture lists & sports quizzes - just magic !
The early days section is particularly enjoyable, even though it was before my time, legendary names abound!! - my Dad's generation would lap it up.
The quizzes (they are general sports quizzes & not just football related) from that time (ie 1952 - 1969), which are included along side the "Hey Ref" posers, are brilliant & include updates & amendments to reflect the changes to the answers as the years have passed.
The illustrations are excellent, the challenge of the questions is great fun & the nostalgia value (old pages from Shoot ! are also reproduced) is just what the doctor ordered.
If you are a fan of the "You Are The Ref" series, it's a must. It's a real notalgia fest as well ( I just love some of those reader questions in the old copies of Shoot !)
If like me, you used to love buying your copy of "The Pink", "Green Un" (or other regional equivalents)on a Saturday evening, then this will also be a boon.
I enjoyed it so much, I intend to hunt down the "You Are The Umpire" book that accompanies this one,so I can scrutinise my knowledge of our summer game !!