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More than just a book about football.,
This review is from: The Bromley Boys: The True Story of Supporting the Worst Football Team in Britain (Paperback)
The Bromley Boys plots the 1969/70 season for Bromley Football Club, a season that by any one's standards was a disaster for the club. Dave Roberts meticulously recollects each game, conjuring up the names of players who have come and gone, giving us brief glimpses of teams practically unknown, teams such as Corinthian Casuals,Wealdstone and Hitchin Town.
The despair at Bromley's persistently poor performance provides the backdrop for another emotionally engaging story. Dave Roberts takes the reader on a charming and delicate journey through a year in his teenage life. In 1969 Roberts was just 14 and in this book he reconstructs the events that occurred in his life, during that year.
These events, sometimes trivial, sometimes moving and sometimes a bit bizarre, spill into the narrative. As a female reader I often found myself almost glossing past the football, looking for these gems about the teenage boy whose awkward and sometimes strange behaviour is truly endearing.
I guess that the possible irony [?] of The Bromley Boys is that it is not only for fans of Bromley Football Club. The author's beloved Bromley could easily be replaced by any one of the many lower division clubs that dot the country. This is a book about what it means to follow a club, what it means to be obsessed, and perhaps most importantly, what it means to belong. It will appeal to any and to all true football fans. Anyone who has sat on a winter's night, shaking with cold as they watch their team hopelessly trudge about the wet pitch, should read his book.
But to call this merely a football book would be an injustice. The delicate and honest portrayal of a year in Roberts' life makes The Bromley Boys a worthy read for any fan of heartfelt, amusing, honest writing. One moment you get flashes of Nick Hornby, as Dave Roberts explains with uncanny accuracy the manner in which football weaves its way into his daily existence, then the next he becomes an intelligent version of Adrian Mole, as Roberts struggles to come to terms with his latest teenage mishap.