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Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 6 Oct 2016

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472925114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472925114
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 42.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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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It is all too easy to knock the game of football and focus exclusively on what is wrong with it and concentrate on its myriad shortcomings.

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.
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All football fans have heard that the modern game is not as good as it was in the good old days, whenever that was nobody has ever told me. For all the ills of the game according too some it is the fault of modern football, they tend to forget the violent and racism of earlier times or the state of the grounds, the treatment of the fans and the general disregard of all things concerned with the spherical ball.

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.
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Fantastic book for any fan of a certain age - probably 40 plus.

A treat to read and a great reminisce along the highways of what we love - football!

Highly recommended.
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The chapters are like chocs in a box. You can't resist another one and then another. Delicious.
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).
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An articulation of timeless truths. Nostalgic and yet prescient. It should be read by anyone entrusted with keeping the game honest.
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As a keen follower of lower league football I could empathise with much of what Daniel has written. I could transport myself back to periods in time and particular games throughout the book. In the process memories were rekindled with a warm glow!
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A really beautiful book, and a love letter for all things football. The perfect guide for any who are unaware of the delights of 11 v 11.
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A wee gem of a book which reminds us why we love the beautiful game. Totally recommended!
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