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Bastard in Black!: A local parks referee's tales of life on the edge by [Jacklin, Jeff]
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Bastard in Black!: A local parks referee’s tales of life on the edge Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2T7MWU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
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A good read. Thanks from an ex ref! Got most of the quiz right. Forgot the coin. Aah!!
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Found it to be a bit dull
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Most boring book iv ever read.
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To be fair the book does provide some amusing anecdotes about life as a local park's referee.

Having been involved in grassroots football as player, manager, and now referee I can certainly agree with some of the stories.

Thought the book was a bit short for the money, and didn't like the lists that were included along the way.

Worth a read though.
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I like this guy's style. He has no pretensions about his own abilities, although he obviously has a detailed and esoteric understanding not only of football, but also of how it operates at a local level. Mainly, however, he has written a book which is one of the funniest and most enlightening that I've read for a good while. I read it on a PC, rather than on an actual kindle, and I was frequently nipping back and forwards to re-read bits, etc. It has a good storyline from beginning to end, and is packed with anecdote, jokes and experiences. I particularly enjoyed the last few chapters, which are all about football funnies generally. If you want to be moved, but still enjoy some good belly-laughs, this is the book for you. Buy it!
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A hilarious insight into the trials and tribulations of a football referee. Those of you who vamp their frustrations on the man in black every weekend will surely, in future, have some sympathy towards his decisions (rightly or wrongly) after reading Bastard in Black. Some of the antics in the book make you realise that there is a fun side to the game (albeit sometimes at the referee's expense!). A well written and informative book - a must for all footie fans!!
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Not being a football fan I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Whilst it will never be considered a classic, or even a contender for the Booker Prize I found the stories amusing (sometimes laugh out loud) and several times found I was re-reading some of them.
The author has I believe done a great service to those unsung heroes (and not only referees) who turn out every week for little or no reward, although he has probably not done anything to heal the North South divide. By accident of birth I am one of those Southern Softies.
I understand the author is currently working on his next book, whilst it is on a different topic perhaps he might find space to explain the offside rule in it – I still have no idea what he is on about.
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A great read full of footballing anecdotes told by someone who has experienced all the emotions of our beautiful game .
Anyone who as ever kicked a ball in anger or just for fun will be able to relate to the writers well documented accounts.
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