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A Random History of Football Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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Random occurences that shaped the history of football - an alternative history of the game from loveable broadcaster Colin Murray.
About the Author
Born 1977 in Belfast, Colin Murray is a national radio and TV presenter. He is the host of Radio 5 Live's 'Fighting Talk' and hosts 5 Live Sport. In addition to this, Colin is taking over from Adrian Chiles on Match of the Day 2 and will be presenting a nightly highlights show on BBC2 during the World Cup.
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Colin talks in the intro about the work that went into the book, but its hard to imagine that he broke a sweat knocking together this collection of football stories; some you may have heard of, some you may not, but none so memorable that you'll remember them once you've flushed the chain.
If you're after a lightweight book, its not a bad effort, but surely football is not in need of yet another lightweight tome.
Clearly modelling his writing style on the likes of Ronnie Irani and Hawksbey & Jacobs, Colin writes with a cheeky charm that never fails to bring a grimace.
First impressions are good, as the colours green, red and yellow, together with an image of table football on the cover, get us into the footie mood. Sorry to report that without venturing too deeply into this ode to the beautiful game, the 3 colours on the cover were representative of my own face at pages 1, 3 and 7 respectively.
While not telling us anything that the devout football fan will already know, Colin does at least exhibit enough understanding of football history and folklore to suggest that he never missed an edition of football focus whilst growing up in Ireland.
I'd definitely recommend this book to any younger football fan out there, perhaps as an accompaniment to a Panini Sticker book.