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The Football Man: People & Passions in Soccer (Aurum Sports Classics) by [Hopcraft, Arthur]
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‘Brilliant portrayal. One of the classics of the genre.’

(Metro)

'A masterpiece among sports books'

(Guardian)

'The best book on the game.'

(Observer)

'It remains one of my favourite football reads.'

(Graham Taylor)

About the Author

ARTHUR HOPCRAFT, who died in 2004, was an English scriptwriter, well known for his TV plays such as The Nearly Man, and for his small-screen adaptations such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Hard Times, Bleak House, and Rebecca. Before taking up writing for TV, he was a sports journalist for The Guardian and The Observer, writing The Football Man: People and Passions in Soccer, which was voted one of best sports books of all time by The Observer and The Independent. He also had four other books published, including an autobiographical account of his childhood, and wrote the screenplay for the film Hostage. Hopcraft won the BAFTA writer's award in 1985.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; PB Reissue edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845138384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845138387
  • ASIN: B007TADS4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book came to my notice as a result of an article about former England football manager Graham Taylor. Originally published in 1968 it covers aspects of the game, a collection of players and managers, thoughts about the future development of the game and so on. Very much a book of it's time it is very well written and interesting throughout. I'm pleased I have read it.
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A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking review from AH of football as it was in the 50s and 60s, with his sharp eye turned on managers, referees and even you, gentle fan. 50 years on more than a few observations ring true today, others record a lost world.
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By DR on 19 Mar. 2017
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Classic football book, many of his ideas are still relevant now
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Written some forty years ago, but still one of the best insights into football ever written. The book is worth reading for the introductory chapters alone in which the author captures the appeal of the game and its place in the culture of society - eg "It (football) is not a phenomenon; it is an everyday matter. There is more eccentricity in deliberately disregarding it than in devoting a life to it. It has more significance to the national character than theatre has."
Further chapters follow on players, managers, supporters, referees and so forth. In these days of millionaire footballers the detail seems quaint and dated but the passion and love for the game does not. Highly recommended.
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This is not just a book about football, but an insightful glimpse at 1950's and 1960's society in general. The game and indeed the country as a whole is a million miles from this account of our beloved game shortly after our 1966 world cup victory. Beautifully written and extensively researched, this really should appeal to football fans of any era. And just remember when reading the final chapter where the author foresees a future premier league, this book was written in 1968. Above all it is a football book written by a football fan for those of us who still love the game despite all its faults nearly 50 years later.
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When this book came out is was accepted to be possibly the best book ever written about football up to that time. Unfortunately that was 40 years ago and I time as not been kind to it.

Read today Football Man seems outrageously dated; football in the UK as changed so much in the ensuing years that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were reading about a totally different game altogether, which, you could argue, you are.

Football Man is best read as a snapshot of football in the sixties. There are some interesting pieces - George Best as a young man, already showing signs of entering into a lifestyle of booze and blondes which would ultimately bring about his too early death; the first footsteps into football chairmanship of Ken Bates at Oldham, then in his late thirties; the referee Maurice Fussey, reminding you of the days of the character ref - Roger Kirkpatrick, Jack Taylor, Gordon Hill etc.

This is an interesting read then, but only if you were a fan back in the 60's.
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