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Official Football Yearbook of the English and Scottish Leagues 2008 (Football Yearbook) Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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"... huge collection of entertaining graphics." -- Coventry Telegraph, 12th July 2008
"... nowhere will [stats] ... be as professionally displayed or as well arranged as in this marvellous book."
-- Yorkshire Evening Post, 12th July 2008
"well presented" -- Yorkshire Evening Post, 12th July 2008
' A must for anyone who enjoys the facts and figures side of the game ' -- The League
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There are three books in this series (detailing the 2007-08, the 2008-09 and the 2009-10 seasons) and this review works well for all of them. This book details the 2009-10 seasons in the English and Scottish leagues. It details the EPL the most of all them. Each team in the EPL gets a detailed essay of their season, along with a breakdown of their overall records at home, on the road and in the EPL. The next two pages give you game log for every EPL game, Champions League game,UEFA Cup game, every FA Cup game and every Carling Cup game during that season. Each listing includes the date, the opponent, whether the game was at home or the road, the score, the attendance, the ref, the formation, the starting lineup, the subs (and when they entered the game), the goal scorers, the cards handed to the team and the subs not used. It's like a Rothman's game log on steroids. The final two pages of each six-page section for each team includes a page on player stats. And we aren't talking just goals. We're talking games played, minutes played, assists, shots on target, crosses, defensive stats and cards. Keepers are equally detailed. The next page includes a graph of the team's placing throughout the season, the team's record when scoring X goals, the team's record when allowing X goals (I find these two charts really interesting) and goal details. There's a few other stats as well, but that's a reasonably decent summary.
The Championship is similar, but the game logs aren't as detailed about the players in the game. They include only scorers and players booked/dismissed. The final two pages are equally detailed as the final two pages for the EPL.
League One and League two don't get the same individual statistical detail, but their two-page sections are still pretty solid.
The Scottish Premier League is detailed much like the Championship, and the next division is much like the lower English League tiers.
There is a quick section on international competitions and the other cup competitions, but they pale in comparison vs. the team sections.
All three are very good books. If you want to relive these seasons, these books are great ways to do so. I frequently just pick up a book before going to bed, read one or two random team sections and go to sleep. It's a great way to end the day.