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This is REAL football. Not to be missed!
on 13 February 2006
Heard about this book through Sport Pages and awaited it with bated breath: I was not disappointed. Simon Rance has taken his frustration with the big business of the English Premiership by the scruff of the neck and stripped away all its excesses to reveal the beating heart of football beneath. Cleverly, he chooses to follow a foreign club, instead of the run-of-the-mill grass roots option. And so this 'roast beef out of water' buys a season ticket to a French club, and not knowing a word of the language, travels to every home game to answer the question: 'Is it possible to become a fully-fledged fan in just a single season?'. Will Simon return broken and bankrupt or will the experiment restore his life-affirming love of the game? Recorded here are all the wild adventures along the way, from bar room brawls to nail-biting penalty shoot-outs. Fast-paced, funny and inspiring this unusual reportage also doubles as a streetwise guide to the city of Nantes itself. If you care about the future of football and your place in it, this book is a MUST. And just like our savvy narrator Simon Rance: it's a genuine one-off.