Encyclopedia of British Football (Sports Reference Library) Hardcover – 3 Sep 2002
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'The encyclopedia deals with a wide range of subjects and issues, many of which have not been well covered before... If you want to know which player was convicted of murdering a referee, or who were the first two players of the same side sent off for fighting each other, you'll find the answers in this book.' - Lancashire Evening Post
'Bitty, dippy, a glorious meze that satisfies more than Giles Goodhead's lamentable three-course effort ever could ... Sublime.' - The Independent, Midweek Review
This reference work aims to provide sports enthusiasts, journalists, librarians, students and scholars with an authorative source of information on a comprehensive range of subjects covering the history and organization of football in Britain. Over 250 entries focus on key organisations or individuals, famous clubs, major competitions, events, venues and incidents, institutions and organisations as well as key issues such as gender, racism, commercialization, professionalism and drugs, alcohol and football. Additionally entries on football as reflected in drama, film, literature, paintings and other arts are also included. The aim has been to provide a reasonably comprehensive overview of British football, past and present. The "Encyclopedia of British Football" has been written by a team of over 50 experts in the field of sport from administrators and managers through fans, armchair enthusiasts, journalists and PE teachers to academic researchers and sports scientists.
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They are boring. That's not how they are meant to be used.
This book is exactly what it sets out to be .. and unfortunately it is unsatisfying.
As it covers the whole spectrum of British football it doesn't appeal to any one group.
With each entry only 500 to 1000 words, you feel that while the entry is well researched it bearly touches the surface before moving on.
Fortunately there is a list of sources .. but you will quickly be on the internet to find out more on the subject.
In the end this book fails.
It is not specific enough on any one entry, and not broad enough to cover all possible queries.
If you thumbed this book in store you wouldn't be taking it to the checkout.
I'll probably keep my copy ... but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Do another search and find a book that covers your favourite subject in better depth.
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Sex, race, commercial interests, violence and other societal side effects do not escape notice, either.