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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Pies and Bovril., 16 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Whatever Happened to Billy Parks (Kindle Edition)
Whatever Happened to Billy Parks

Do you remember Malcolm Macdonald and Billy Bremner, Jimmy Greaves and Jinky Smith, and the football professionals who smoked cigarettes at half time and would take an odd pint down the working men's clubs or the local pub and would quite freely talk about the game and where it went wrong without an agent on their right hand shoulder and a club press officer on the other? Remember when footballers talked with each other and played cards on the away bus instead of sulking and wearing headphones that are waaayyyyy to big. Do you remember when men were men and if a footballer took a hard knock he tried not to show his opponent that the the bastard had actually hurt him. Do you remember the bloke who sold the peanuts and cold pies and bovril at half time, and four hours each way with your mates in the back lane before Sky TV ever realised that Sunday was a football day?
If so this book is for you.
But Gareth R Roberts second published novel has so much more than a little nostalgia, in fact this novel has just about everything it takes for the average football fan to immerse themselves into a fantasy that at times takes the breath away. Roberts tackles a tricky subject with humour, sympathy and passion and makes the reader more than aware that yesteryear's footballers not only missed the financial gravy train but at times were woefully neglected and many cast onto the scrapheap, broken, crippled and destitute. It's difficult to put into words just what this book is all about and if I did I'd give the game away anyway!
So I won't, but suffice to say this book SHOULD be destined for the best sellers lists if his friends and fans do their little bit by simply talking about it, sharing it with their friends on Facebook and of course posting an Amazon review once they've read it.
Released just in time for the Christmas market, let's get this book up where it belongs.
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