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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it was in the Rothmans days...., 21 Aug 2012
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I bought this via Amazon and was happy with the price and speedy delivery but the book is not a patch on it's previous incarnation (Rothmans Football Yearbook). Can anybody please explain to me why back in 1970 the publishers could include great photography - over 20 glossy pages of dramatic, evocative and award-winning pictures - but now, forty years on, all we get is a bare few horrible grainy images which look like they were taken in the Great War and printed on virtual bog paper. The answer is of course cost reduction to maximise profit. Like everything else Sky Sports touches, this book is now just a commercial and over-hyped money making exercise - yet another sporting institution they have ruined along with free-to-air Test cricket and the great British Saturday afternoon of football. Sky have had their name on this book for nearly ten years but have not shown any imagination to prompt the Rollins (43 editions and counting) to develop or enhance it.

At over 1000 pages the book is as comprehensive as ever when it comes to facts and stats although inevitably some mistakes have slipped through the net (I spotted a couple within two minutes of turning to the section on my club, Chelsea). And is my eyesight getting worse or is the font smaller than it used to be? Some pages/tables are extremely difficult to read, especially pp.10-34.

There's a brief and vacuous brown-nosing foreword by Graeme Souness - not about the book or football but instead a homage to his paymaster, Sky Sports ("....there simply can't be a better influence on the game than Sky"...!). Elsewhere some of the choices in the editors' Team of the Year are strange to say the least (Coloccini?). The Scottish section cannot denote a league/division against any club because of the uncertainty caused by the Rangers crisis during the summer, although of course that is not the editors' fault.

I now regret not going into Waterstones to browse the rest of the ever-growing crop of pre-season footy yearbooks. I feel certain I could have found something better than this drab and tired-looking pile of old tosh.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012 08:15:22 BDT
R Hawkins says:
In future it would be more helpful if you reviewed the product rather than the company who sponsor it. Frankly the fact that you clearly don't like Sky is of no interest to me whatsoever.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 10:45:17 BDT
Hi, thanks for the comment. I have reviewed it - and sum it up with the last eight words!

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 15:14:23 BDT
Rob says:
To an extent I agree , at least on the photos and the rather tired format. I disagree with you on SKY ( and what's free to air cricket got to do with this book ?) , and Coloccini was also in the Players Premier Team of the Season so his selection is not as strange as you claim although having identified yourself as a Chelsea supporter , perhaps it offended you that the blessed John Terry was omitted. I think you identified the problem without realising it - surely it's time to replace the Rollins.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 15:33:18 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 17:20:21 BDT
Point taken!
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