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Home and Away: Round Britain in Search of Non-League Football Nirvana Paperback – 25 Aug 2016
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"Excellent." (The Sun)
"A glowing testament to the camaraderie and inclusiveness of supporting a team lower down the football pyramid. Everyone is welcome in this uplifting book that celebrates the happiness to be found in reconnecting with your friends, your team and your home." (When Saturday Comes)
"Pure gold... A brilliant book that all football fans can relate to." (Late Tackle)
"A wonderfully warm-hearted book, which gives the beautiful game a good name." (Saga)
"Funny, well-paced, engaging and at times touching. It's a personal book for Dave. At first glance it looks like a book about Bromley's first season in the Vanarama National league, but dig a bit deeper and other themes emerge. Without oversharing, Dave gives us an insight into his emotions not just about his team, but about the feeling of home, family and hope. In summary: buy this book." (Thin White Line)
A brilliant evocation of non-league football and its diehard fans as Dave Roberts follows his beloved Bromley FC and rediscovers a country he has not lived in for 35 years.See all Product description
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The book follows the trials and tribulations of Bromley FC and their first season in the Conference National, the highest division of England's non-league system, just one promotion away from the Football League.
It is written from the perspective of the author, Dave Roberts, who having lived around the world has missed watching his beloved team and has now returned to the UK to witness his club's first ever venture in a nationwide league.
Typically for a non-league fan, Dave writes in a self-depreciating humorous manner which any other supporter of a lower level club will instantly relate to. The nuances, superstitions and pure stupidity which attach themselves to non-league fans all prevail throughout the book.
It is more than just a diary of football matches, there's a lot more to it than that. The camaraderie of football fans and friendships which are built on terraces shine through along with a back story of a personal life.
Any football fan will definitely enjoy this read, as will a football-widow who will probably shake their head at the lengths their man will go to to watch their team.
All in all, it's a book which will make you laugh out loud in places, allow you to relate to a fellow football fan and even make you sad as the author adds some real personal touches throughout.
I loved reading this book and look forward to another Dave Roberts special hitting the bookshops.
But I probably didn’t read the reviews carefully enough: this is really a blow-by-blow account of all the Bromley matches throughout the season. And in between some tedious stuff about getting to the home and away matches.
Dave finds such joy - and heartache - in his pursuit of every detail of non-league football nirvana, and writes with an engaging passion that makes 'just one more chapter' a must...