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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars

on 20 June 2014
"From Ronnie Radford To Roger Osborne" is a wonderful summary of a golden age in English football ... the 1970s ... when winning the main domestic cup was so much more important than it often seems to be in more modern times. Author Matthew Eastley's research is simply phenomenal. Not only has he found supporters of different ages and from different backgrounds who were lucky enough to be successful in obtaining tickets for what was then the most prestigious day in the football calendar, it's clear that he has patiently watched every final in this decade (and possibly in some cases listened to the radio commentaries too) because of the numerous extracts in this book of quotes made by the radio and television commentators of the day. Some of the teams that reached the cup final in the Seventies were predictable enough (Leeds, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United) but there were also the unexpected and euphoric victories by Sunderland, Southampton and Ipswich. The old Wembley held 100,000 but as the Seventies started the two finalists only received around 16,000 tickets each. It hadn't improved much by the end of the decade either. Many of the supporters Matt contacted talk of the mad scramble for tickets that would either end in extreme elation or abject misery. They talk also, often with great clarity, about events that happened 40+ years ago and the very different emotions experienced on cup final day. Through it all Matthew sets the scene perfectly with reference to the news and sports stories of the time, the social unrest that plagued England through much of the decade, the popular music that was being played and what we were watching on television and at the cinema. If wallowing in nostalgia can be a positive experience, this well-compiled book brings it to the fore in an always vivid, often funny and sometimes sad way because it captures the importance that football plays in so many lives and the whole gauntlet of emotions that it brings about for those who get the bug.
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on 19 October 2015
Fantastic, from when FA Cup was the trophy all fans wanted to win more than any other, captures the feeling of growing excitment as the rounds go by and the twin towers are ever closer, also interesting to see it covers the television build ups and punditry getting ever more sophisticated in what seems a golden age of football on TV, Coleman, Davies & Motson on BBC and Moore on ITV where the pitch always seemed to be darker green, when switching between channels if the game wasn't going as you wished (this of course involved actually getting up and walking to the telly each time).
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on 4 September 2014
A pleasant surprise. Written from a different view point, that of the fans and their memories of the FA Cup through the 1970's, when its Final at the end of the domestic season really was the pinnacle for majority of supporters even if your team wasn't playing at Wembley.
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on 24 December 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed Matthew's book. It took me back to a time when the FA Cup really mattered and that comes across in his writing which vividly paints pictures of those yesteryear times. Especially brilliant are the first hand accounts of the fans who were there and their real stories of what it meant to them for their team to make it all the way to Wembley. It took me longer to read than it usually might as, after reading a chapter and wanting to then relieve it all a bit more, I kept dipping in to YouTube to seek further reminders of those great 70's cup finals. My next decision is whether to get Matthew's book on the '60's or '80's FA Cup dramas!
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on 10 January 2016
Back in the 1970s the cup final was something which lasted all day and with limited access toEuropean competition was a good chance of silverware. This book takes you back over the ten years from David Webb in 1970 to Alan Sunderland in 1979
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on 25 August 2015
Great nostalgia
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on 31 May 2014
I downloaded the sample and whilst the cover is volume 2 the content is volume 1. This needs to be rectified as volume 1 was very good
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