Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures and Pleasures Hardcover – Illustrated, 14 Oct 2011
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**Shortlisted for the Best Football Book at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards**
"The best book about football written in the last 20 years." --Bill Borrows, Esquire
"A veritable Dundee cake of a book." --Danny Kelly, TalkSPORT
"Recalling a more innocent time before Sky Sports and millionaire players, Got, Not Got is a long soak in a warm, nostalgic bath of football nostalgia: an A-Z of memorabilia, ephemera and ill-advised haircuts." --In Demand, Mail on Sunday Live magazine
"This memorabilia fest is a delightful reminder of what's gone from the game: 'magic sponges', Subbuteo and, er, magazines for shinpads. Such innocent times, eh?" --FourFourTwo
"The real magic is the collection and display of the illustrative material of stickers, badges, programme covers, Subbuteo figures and other ephemera. It is astonishingly thorough, well-presented, inspired and indeed had me going, 'yes, got, got, not got, forgot, never seen'." --When Saturday Comes
"The book's great fun. It's an essential if you grew up watching football in the 60s, 70s or 80s." --Paul Hawksbee, TalkSPORT
"Obviously, everybody over the age of 40 is going to absolutely love this. There's something for every fan of every club." --Andy Jacobs, TalkSPORT
"It is a work of genius, I cannot state this too highly. The most brilliant book I've opened in a long, long time." --Monica Winfield, BBC Radio Leicester
"A cracking book which whisks you back to a different footballing era." --Brian Reade, Mirror Football columnist
"I've had this for a month but haven't got round to reviewing it because it keeps disappearing. It's the sign of a good book that people repeatedly pick it up and walk away with it. A hardback collection of vintage football memorabilia that you need in your life... It's like finding your old football stickers." --James Brown, SabotageTimes.com
"No. 339: The book Got, Not Got." --500 Reasons To Love Football blog
"I can guarantee that virtually anybody who flicks open this magnificent book will immediately want to have it. Whatever you have loved about our game, it will almost certainly be buried within this lavish trove of treasure." --Winger: The Review of British Football
"The perfect stocking filler for Christmas." --Mike Lawrence, BBC Radio London
"It's a beauty. An absolute must-have for all you nostalgia junkies out there. Wonderful articles and evocative images and above all lots of fun, Got, Not Got has it all. Treat yourself or your football-mad relatives to one of the best football books around." --Footysphere.com
"It's a real table thumper with some weight to it, great pictures and some terrific writing. Bathe in a sea of nostalgia and rail against the fact that these things aren't there anymore." --Nick Godwin, BBC Radio London
"It's an absolute beauty." --Adrian Goldberg, BBC Radio WM.
"A fantastic book, there's just so much in it. You really should get it." --Steve Anglesey, Mirror Football podcast
"It focuses on the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and anyone who had anything to do with English football during this period will instantly relate to just about every page. I'm sure that you will both laugh and cry as the memories come flooding back." --Nigel Mercer, Football Card Webspace
"The best dose of retro football nostalgia ever. I can't put it down!" --footballcardsuk.com
"It is far more enjoyable to think about football in times past, and it is a seam that is tapped so richly by authors Derek Hammond and Gary Silke, who have written a wonderful A to Z of lost football culture, treasure and pleasures." --Blackpool Gazette
"These two authors fully deserve to be recognised as the leading writers and historians of British football nostalgia for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s." --RetroUnited.com
"A book exploring the lost culture of the game when pitches were mudbaths, managers wore sheepskin coats and players were too embarrassed to dive - a bygone age that seems a far cry from the profit-driven game today played in the main by overpaid primadonnas." --Paul Suart, Birmingham Evening Mail
"Got, Not Got is wonderful. I'm feeling quite emotional leafing through it!" --Nick Alatti, The Bridge 102.5FM in the Black Country
About the Author
GOT, NOT GOT is based on Derek and Gary's blog on mirrorfootball.co.uk. They have also written on the 'stuff' of football fandom for fanzines, club programmes and magazines including FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, Backpass and The Onion Bag and even supplied the football cards for BBC1's Match of the '70s and Match of the '80s. They were recently major contributors to TalkSPORT's 100 Greatest British Sporting Legends.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has saved me hours of boring Christmas shopping I shall simply buy a dozen and send them out.....I'm so chuffed I've Got It.(Crimond)
The nostalgia seeps from the pages, bringing back memories of lazy afternoons waiting for Final Score to come on the telly so I could update my League Ladders. It also includes memorabilia that I'd not thought of for decades - in the pre-internet age, getting hold of a set of stamps with footballers'on from somewhere far off like Equatorial Guinea was like winning the lottery!
This fantastic book does through photos and images what the equally excellent Modern Football Is Rubbish: An A-Z of All That Is Wrong with the Beautiful Game does with words - it allows me to wallow in the nostalgia of my youth. Got, Not Got is a 'must have' Christmas present for any middle-aged football fan. Buy it!
Silke and Hammond have brought the "good old days" back to life for us all in a book that is flooded with "I remember that" moments. You'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement with what is in front of you.
Close your eyes for one moment (this does make reading slightly difficult) and you are back on a dirty terrace wearing a cheap polyester football shirt reading a 35p program. I don't think the pages are scratch and sniff but the text does a great job of taking you back to an age of cigar smoke filled concourse and Bovril that burnt the roof of your mouth.
I have a copy, my dad has a copy, I suggest that if you like football as it once was then dust off your admiral shirt; pick up your Panini sticker swaps and click the "add to basket" button right now.
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Happy to choose, sad to lose, great to buy, reach for the sky! Comes highly recommended by its end user.Published 10 months ago by Robert Garrett
A must for anyone who grew up with a love of football. Takes me back!Published 15 months ago by J. Wallw.
Brilliant, nostalgic journey for any football fan of a certain agePublished 16 months ago by kevin eydmann
Excellent read. Full of history and memories. Very much recommended.Published 19 months ago by chrisopher rose