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Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 6 Oct 2016
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Each is a precision-tooled delight… even apparently obvious subjects are described with such lyricism that the everyday is routinely transformed into the sublime… here is a book that contains nothing but pure, unadulterated joy
- When Saturday Comes magazine
Delightfully written…countless little gems of recognition and satisfaction, many of them very funny… a lovely little thing
- The Daily Telegraph
Lovingly crafted prose-poetry…a wonderful antidote to the money-sodden excesses of the modern game
- Late Tackle magazine
I love this book, I had enormous fun reading it…a great book
- Matt Williams, Simon Mayo Drivetime show, BBC Radio 2
Really nicely written. A brilliant book. Romantic, very recognisable things.
- James Brown, TalkSport
The author has compiled some wonderful things about our national game…I love this book. Wonderful. A delightful book.
- BBC Manchester
A loveletter to nice things about football…fifty perfect little essays. A beautiful book. --- BBC Tees
A wonderful book.
- Off the Ball, BBC Scotland
I commend this book. Two pages are worth ten cliché-ridden football books. It evokes the nodal points of football memory.
- Archie McPherson, BBC Scotland
Full of eternal delight. I loved it to pieces. Hymns that evoke the essence of the game. A fantastic book.
- The Anfield Wrap
If you've ever wondered why people love football, the answers lie within...a damn good read.
- Val McDermid
A warm, smiling celebration of football s quirks, and of ours. Never mind how good a writer Daniel Gray is: what an eye he s got. You ll never watch a game again without liking some daft little moment and wishing you could share it with him.
- Michael Grant, The Times
A sonnet to football, whimsical and deeply rewarding.
- Stuart Roy Clarke, Homes of Football
A real midget gem of a book that fits perfectly into a jacket pocket for reading on the way to the match, or indeed during it if you're an England fan.
- Harry Pearson, author The Far Corner
Gray beautifully articulates the pleasure offered by such pursuits as jeering passes that go out of play, listening to the results in the car, and spying a ground from the train window...his prose is exquisite...a physically slim but spiritually hefty treat. --- Pitch & Page Books of the Year 2016
About the Author
Author and historian Daniel Gray is the writer of Stramash and Homage to Caledonia. For a short period in the early 1990s he was the finest left-back in his village, once marking Gordon Strachans youngest son (the one who didnt become a footballer) out of the game. A Middlesbrough supporter, Daniel began attending football matches in 1988 and has never recovered. He has worked in a psychiatric hospital, a library and in television and politics. He loves staring out of train windows and lives in Leith with his wife and daughter. Follow him on Twitter at @d_gray_writer.
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Top Customer Reviews
Instead of taking this obvious route Daniel Gray has written a paen summarising exactly what it is about the game that he loves and always will. There are 50 short essays of prose poetry that bring to life all that is good about football and I luxuriated in the warm balm of nostalgia as he brought back into sharp focus such wonders and glories as seeing a ground from train, hitting the crossbar, brackets on vidiprinters.
A book to indulge yourself in for all true football fans.
Saturday, 3PM is a modern love letter to the game from author and historian Daniel Gray and a clarion call to all us fans to reignite our love of the game once again. He has written fifty short essays about the game, whose prose is a sheer delight, and brings to life modern day fan culture, even those who watch from their armchairs.
In fact any fan of the game knows what it feels on the day when the fixture list is released, looking and planning for the derby games, the away games and where the boxing day game is. For me it is like the prelude to Christmas Eve, just as the first day of the season is Christmas Day an end to the three endless months of no football.
Any football fan would love this book as it will always make them smile and recognise themselves on the pages of this book. A great little book for any fan.
A treat to read and a great reminisce along the highways of what we love - football!
Articulates feelings you have always had about football but couldn't express nearly as well as this man.
A great present to bestow on any lover of the game who is of a certain age (who will understand the respect of this hour on a Saturday).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
50 vignettes that will ring true with avid football fanatics. A gentle read that will make you smile,remember and reflect on the game, far from the world of Premier League wealthPublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this book, it was full of little nuggets of truth & nostalgia for a game that's lost its soul. A few minor grates. The language felt a tad incongruous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Iain Gray
This book is just brilliant. Choose any chapter and you'll find something that evokes memories or makes you smile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it - I so enjoy football trivia, this really hit the spot, only wish it could have been longer - a delight....hope there'a follow up!Published 2 months ago by Richard F.
Not what appeals to me about football but it is one man's view.
One of the blurbs says Mr Gray writes like Lowry paints, sadly he's not one of my favourite... Read more
The book itself is a beautiful object and the 50 'eternal delights' are indeed delightful. I could not put this book down and would definitely recommend it. Well done Daniel Gray.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really well written book that nails what it means to be a football supporter. It should resonate with anyone who watches live football at any level.Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. G. Dwyer