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She Stood There Laughing: A Man, His Son and Their Football Club Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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This story covers the 02/03 season of Stoke City’s first season back in the First Division for about 4 years. It tells of Fosters journeys with his son to the games and is an excellent insight into psyche of any football fan and football club. But you don’t have to be a Stoke fan to enjoy it. You’ll both laugh and cringe at the sense of familiarity that you feel with the circumstances described by Foster, no matter what club you support; puffer-jacket wearing chairmen, ‘honest’ strikers, last minute goals, first minute goals, biased referees, 4 managers in a year, etc, etc. If you know little or nothing about football (perhaps you call it 'soccer'), and think it's a glamorous, professionally run sport, then read on – you’ll be astounded!
‘Fever pitch’ this is not – it’s so much better than that. Nic Hormby’s idea of failure is not winning the championship, or loosing the final of the FA Cup. For Foster, his idea of glory is staying up on the last day of the season.
Funnily enough, I read ‘Fever Pitch’ just before I read ‘She Stood There Laughing’, and I’m glad I did. I’m a great believer of leaving the best ‘till last.
In a nutshell, ‘She Stood There Laughing’ is the best read I’ve had for a number of years. You’ll really laugh at some of the situations that the club get themselves into whilst knowing deep down that it could be just as well your club he was talking about. An essential and most enjoyable read.
Its surprisingly light on the football details and the matches that are mentioned are usually summed up with no more detail than the result. I thought a bit more would be made of the final game escape from relegation against Reading for example.
Some players, of which the author was obviously a big fan (Gudjonsen, Hoekstra), get a lot more attention than others (I would say less than half of the players who played in this season actually get a mention).
I was left wondering if the authors opinion of the manager (Pulis) and owners (Coates) has actually changed, they took Stoke to great success in the seaons following this one.
A read that passed the time but wont linger long in the memory
Stephen Foster has written a book that easily recreates what it feels like to follow a less than successful football club through the course of a season. And this I feel, is it's major plus. For every disassociated, gloryfied Premiership 'Big Club' supporter we need to remember there is at least one, if not more, of us who follow the also-rans. For most of this book, it's easy to replace the words 'Stoke City' with the name of your own club and you'll know exactly what he's talking about. Poor performances on the pitch, bad management in the boardroom, it's all displayed here in it's earthy glory.
That said, the season the author writes about is not a typical lower division story. For although we can juxtapose our own club at many points, much of this book is uniquely Stoke-esque. The humour, the schadenfreude, the quintessentialness of the region comes across as he explains to the reader quite why he, and many more, believe that Stoke have punched below their weight for so long.
The dual dimension of the use of his son (football buddy, and also as counterpoint to explain quite why he feels the need to put himself through such drudgery.. often he asks of his son 'why are you still coming? you don't need to.' of course, his son says exactly what he needs to hear 'because, you fool, it's Stoke'. Clearly, especially in the season told in the book, the author feels the need to re-confirm exactly why he travels 400miles just for home games when the football on offer is such a poor standard when compared to a team 2 mins from his doorstep).
All in all, this is a fantastic read. A story of football as we, who watch in the lower leagues, know it. If you are a BIG CLUB supporter you'd do well to re-acquaint yourself. Who knows, you could be down here next.