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32 Programmes Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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"A little gem... a brilliant way to reflect on his love affair with football" (Henry Winter Daily Telegraph)
"Very funny in wry, Nick Hornby-esque fashion... This memoir will gain a lot of fans" (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday)
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"A brilliant idea nicely executed, it's certainly the funniest sport-related read this Christmas" (Christopher Maume Independent)
"An entertaining read, rich in nostalgia and reminiscent of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, this offers an insight into the power of obsession and how the beautiful game has changed. Moving and amusing" (Sport magazine)
The hilarious and moving story of a man called Dave (a football fan) and his most precious possessions...See all Product description
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The book is split into chapters, each focusing on a selected programme. The chosen programme could be due to the importance of the match, a happy memory created or just something simple within the programme.
There is also a back-story which develops through the book as the author links the whole lot together in a humorous self-depreciating manner.
It really is a nice feel-good read in which you feel you really get to know the author. His obsession shines through but you can't help but like Dave and have a chuckle at his antics.
I would highly recommend this simple, yet effective, book.
As there were no reviews on this item, but as i am a big football fan (and the book has some Swindon programmes on its cover which is my team) i decided to give this book a go.
I was very impressed. I was hoping it wouldn't simply be a case of reading about 32 matches and the programmes, and it wasn't. Whilst the football matches obviously feature, Dave made this a very readable book by explaining the stories of why he went to the matches, what happened, what was going on in his life etc. So although there are stories about 32 matches (and programmes); the story flows as you gradually follow changes in his life along with the matches he attends.
I didn't know what to expect, after reading it i was very impressed and i can recommend this firstly to any football fan, but you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this book.
I am biased as Dave and I were in the same year at school and I too was intimidated by the same skinheads, althouh my route through was to help one with his French not talk football as Dave did. I have an extensive programme collection myself covering almost every game I have seen but still regret not being able to buy a programme at Swansea v Northampton in 1978 when I got to the ground late. If only I had got the earlier bus. I was also at the Palace 5 Man U 0 match, but how sad was I as I went on my own not with a girl. I even followed Bromley in the early 80s and have already lobbied for their amazing old stand to be rebuilt for the Bromley Boys film.
Dave has skilfully woven an autobiography into his selection of programmes in a style which I believe is called self effacing. It will appeal to anyone who is a collector, who is a fan, who loves to talk about real football not the over-hyped stuff we have today. Hopefully there are enough 50-something verging Aspergers male collector / obsessives like me who will buy, tell others and make this the success it deserves to be.
'Incidentally I have been stuck in a pub with Dave for an evening, which, I regret to say, has only happened once. The EPH was the preferred stamping ground of the blokes, and I use the word deliberately, like Dave Roberts and myself along with our former schoolmates.'
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Football lovers who collect programmes will love it.