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Total Football: Sunderland AFC 1935-37 Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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About the Author
PAUL DAYS has been a Sunderland fan since 1974. He was the first editor of Sunderland AFC's Official website for 7 years, has written for the club's official magazine The Legion of Light and has contributed to A Love Supreme (ALS), the nationally acclaimed and award winning football fanzine for Sunderland AFC. He has had many books published on his beloved club. MARK METCALF has been a Sunderland season ticket holder for well over a quarter of a century and during that time has missed very few matches, home and away. He is the author of the successful biography on Charlie Hurleyy and is currently writing a history of the 1960 FA Cup due for publication in 2010. Mark works as a freelance journalist for many regional and national magazines and newspapers.
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Relying heavily on contemporary match reports in the North Mail and N*wc*stl* Journal ("lightly edited for the modern reader") you get a good feel of attitudes of the time, and that not much has really changed. Oddly, even though SAFC were so dominant, the reports are often critical, never holding back when a player was not considered to be pulling his weight, and referees were not immune from that either.
The book is dedicated to Jimmy Thorpe, the goalkeeper who died 4 days after being hurt in a home match against Chelsea. Astonishingly the team was in action again just 3 days after his death, winning 3-0 away to Liverpool.
Apart from the reports there are short pen pictures of the Sunderland players, plenty of black and white photos and mentions of famous players in opposition such as Shankly or Matthews (although Bob Hesford of Huddersfield, father of the future Sunderland goalie Iain, didn't get a mention). There are also random comments on other contemporary events, from the first release of the board game Monopoly to the abdication of Edward VII, to provide a bit of perspective.
I would recommend this book, certainly to Sunderland supporters, but I feel there will be enough to interest football fans in general.
An excellent read for a Sunderland fan,oh if only our team was like this now!
All the league tables and statistics are included along with loads of other interesting facts.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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