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How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup Paperback – 1 Dec 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: The Quince Tree Press; New edition edition (1 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900847948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900847943
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a comic story about sportsmanship and underdogs; it's also a slightly wistful portrait of village life and provincial decency, as well as a beautifully written hymn to doggedness and eccentricity. This gently humorous novella is the anti-Ronaldo. (Robbie Millen The Times)

An extraordinary performance, simultaneously one of the greatest football novels ever written and a penetrating report card from a world where fiction rarely lingers, at once a comic masterpiece and a study in national temperament that the doughtiest social historian would struggle to match. (DJ Taylor Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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James Lloyd Carr, born 1912, attended the village school at Carlton Miniott in the North Riding and Castleford Secondary School. He died in Northamptonshire in 1994. His novel A Month in the Country won the Guardian Fiction Prize, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a memorable film. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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A beautifully-written book, charting the unlikely rise of the most minor of non-league football teams to the giddy heights of an FA Cup final victory. It's far more, though, than some Roy of the Rovers fantasy; the story of how the team is created from the inhabitants of a village in the middle of nowhere in an age when all football games started at 3 o'clock on Saturdays and the players wore the numbers 1 to 11 on their jerseys is yet another example of J L Carr's masterly writing. When you've read and admired this, buy his other books, starting with the Harpole Report.
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Beautifully written and totally charming. Made me feel like I, and my park team, could get there. An affectionate look at sportsmanship, English village life and the grass roots of what football is about. Fantastic characters. A gem
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By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2010
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Take J L Carr's feeling for the sensibilities and tensions of village life as shown in "A Month in the Country" and infuse it with a very strong dose of Michael Palin's "Ripping Yarns" and you have this book.

It is the story of a small village football team which adopts the coaching theories of a Hungarian teacher(strangely prescient of Arsene Wenger), picks up a couple of ex professionals and fights its way to Wembley where Glasgow Rangers (newly admitted to the FA Cup) are defeated. Yes, in terms of plot spoilers, the title of this book is up there with the finest.

At its best the book is utterly charming and at its worst strays into whimsy. There is an entertaining cast of characters, Gidner, the narrator and all round geeky dogsbody, Dr Kosouth the theorist, the overbearing chairman Fangfoss, the ex-pros Arthur and Sid, and the independent woman, Ginchy Trigger.

The book is part homily to middle England, part satire upon it, part gentle assault on the powers who ran football at the time, and part boys own adventure.

A thoroughly entertaining light read.
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Once again J.L.Carr has written an entirely original book. This seemingly simple tale of how a small village's football team wins the mighty F.A. Cup is believable, funny and represents the true ethos of sport, now sadly vanished. He includes vivid pictures of characters who remain true to themselves as the team move through the rounds of the tournament to ultimate success - a heart-warming page-turner for football lovers and all who remember what it used to be like.

Iris Belsten
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Carr's book about a small football team going on to win the FA cup is entertaining. It might not the most clearly-written book (sometimes it is hard to know when and where the book is set), nor is it intensely about football (Carr writes a lot about what is happening off the field). An enjoyable and exciting read, neverthless, the book certainly has something to offer -- especially for me, as I come from the village where the novel is set!
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2016
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This book takes me back, after all who can forget the year that Scotland’s football teams played in the FA Cup and thus Rangers at Wembley came to duel with the greatest amateur team of all time – Steeple Sinderby Wanderers. Of course it would have been great if it happened but of course it didn’t. We just have to imagine it all with this wonderful novel by Joseph Lloyd Carr.

This book was originally scorned by numerous people, but it has never stopped those who have read it giving this a special place in their heart, and it is easy to see why. Football is the national game and no one has written a funnier novel about it, also this has elements of pastiche, satire and parody. You don’t even have to like the sport to enjoy this book.

In all this is a bonkers read and is purely fantastical as we read of this team coming from nowhere to appearing at Wembley, a team made up of probably the least likely players. With pieces of this story appearing as sports coverage from the papers, and minutes from meetings this does make for a quick, easy and very funny read.

With a Hungarian teacher and his views on how to beat top football teams put into action by this small team from a little village somewhere in England it has to be admitted that a lot of ingenuity has to be used, such as making the local football pitch into something that will be off putting to other teams. Treating the game more as a very well thought out military campaign it is a shame that our national side haven’t taken tips from this book on how to win.
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I first read this short book years ago and took the opportunity to read the Penguin re-issue.

It is a wonderfully entertaining and droll book which takes on several targets (pompous local bigwigs, sports journalists' prose, village institutions, celebrity TV interviewers etc.). It helps if you are a football fan but it is not essential.

The whole thing is a fantasy of course: it couldn't happen now and it couldn't happen then. There is no match by match progress (thankfully as it would get a bit tedious). It is worth reading the introduction which deals with various anomalies regarding geography and football.

Highly recommended. My son ( a fan of big football and not much of a reader) is probably getting this for Christmas.
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