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Underdog! Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football's Also-Rans by [Quelch, Tim]
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"For football and cricket fans of a certain age, Tim Quelch is a writer to be relied upon implicitly. Whether he is chronicling the remarkable achievement of little Burnley in out-gunning the big-city giants to become champions of the winter game back in 1959-60, or marvelling at the derring-do of romantic giant-killers such as Wimbledon and Hereford United in upsetting overwhelming odds during the last half-century, or chronicling England's 1950s reign as Test match cricket kings, he has been a joy to read." --Ivan Ponting

"An outstanding book. A journey through 50 years of following underdog teams. Tim Quelch is a superbly lyrical writer and with little tit bits of his own life as the years go by, this is a totally absorbing book. Providing the social and historical background, this is nostalgia and memory lane at its best. Don't think this is a lightweight book you can skim through on holiday in a few days. This is a book of 430+ pages and far more than the average number of words. It's a book you can read straight through, or dip in and out. It covers several teams and a large number of their key games. It is one of those books that you think, now why didn't I think of writing that. But there are few authors who can match Tim's style, eloquence and graphic prose." Dave Thomas, Clarets Mad

"Pitch Publishing have recently re-printed two fantastic books written by our very own longstanding Clarets supporter Tim Quelch, the titles are Never Had It So Good and Underdog. I have both of these books in my sports book collection and can highly recommend them, add them to yours you will not be disappointed." --TheLongSide.co.uk

"From the Crazy Gang of '88 all the way down to Hastings FC and with an ever-changing political backdrop spanning 50 years there are stacks of stories to get stuck into." --FourFourTwo

"Part memoir, part collection of anecdotes and part modern history, Underdog! is a collection of stories about when the improbable occurs in football. It will give those that do buy it a warm glow." --When Saturday Comes

"Underdog! is a riveting mixture of football, social history and popular culture and is an extraordinarily well-researched book. Quelch's convincing theory reminds us that unpredictability remains at the core of football's popularity." --SportsBookoftheMonth.com

"This is a major work: it's both half a century of erudite, keenly observed social history and the intimately detailed log of a personal odyssey. I was captivated. It is dripping with authentic atmosphere. Quelch writes like a dream and he has an exquisite eye for detail. If he maintains this standard in the volumes which I trust will follow, then football literature is due to be immeasurably the richer." --Ivan Ponting, Backpass Magazine

"Excellent!" --Martin Dobson, former Burnley, Everton and England footballer

About the Author

Tim Quelch is the author of Bent Arms and Dodgy Wickets and Stumps & Runs & Rock 'n' Roll. He has also penned a number of books reflecting his oft-painful yet enduring love for Burnley FC. Since his retirement from local government social care services, Tim now writes to raise funds for charitable causes, such as the Alzheimer's Society and Parkinson's UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3459 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GUEU2U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #511,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a lovely, lush , nostalgic read!

Tim Quelch has watched and studied an awful lot of football over the past 50 years or so and he has taken a highly original stance in providing an overview of that period taking the perspective of the underdog - teams of whom nothing was expected yet totally over performed.

He ranges over clubs as diverse as Brighton, Chelsea, Northampton and Norwich as well as his beloved Burnley and writes with passion, knowledge and no small degree of wit about the Football League, FA Cup and Non-League alike.

Football is mixed with social comment and the period comes alive as do the subjects of his penetrating pen portraits such as the Brighton and former Spurs and England centre forward Bobby Smith. Now I think I understand how an established International striker fell from the heights of Spurs to the depths of the Fourth Division in so short a time span.

This is a serious social and football history of the period but is a delight to read.

I understand that Mr Quelch is soon to publish a book on cricket throughout the 1950s which I await with relish.
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What a lovely, lush , nostalgic read!

Tim Quelch has watched and studied an awful lot of football over the past 50 years or so and he has taken a highly original stance in providing an overview of that period taking the perspective of the underdog - teams of whom nothing was expected yet totally over performed.

He ranges over clubs as diverse as Brighton, Chelsea, Northampton and Norwich as well as his beloved Burnley and writes with passion, knowledge and no small degree of wit about the Football League, FA Cup and Non-League alike.

Football is mixed with social comment and the period comes alive as do the subjects of his penetrating pen portraits such as the Brighton and former Spurs and England centre forward Bobby Smith. Now I think I understand how an established International striker fell from the heights of Spurs to the depths of the Fourth Division in so short a time span.

This is a serious social and football history of the period but is a delight to read.

I understand that Mr Quelch is soon to publish a book on cricket throughout the 1950s which I await with relish.
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Superb book of footy nostalgia from Tim Quelch. I remember quite a lot of these games, though not as many at Tim it seems as he gives a comprehensive guide to the great upsets. His beloved Burnley takes up quite a bit of the text, but his passion, knowledge and wit show through throughout the book. Recommended to all footy fans.
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This book will appeal to any sports/football fans of a certain age ( Pre Premier League ) who like a bit of nostalgia and tend to support David in his regular battles with Goliath. The author outlines a number of extraordinary stories of small, unfashionable and disadvantaged clubs as they pursue promotion with considerable success through the Football Leagues and the FA Cup. Before falling back to earth with crash landings in most cases ! There have been many over the last 50 years and in my case I found the chapters on Burnley,Ipswich, Wimbledon, Carlisle, Oxford and Aldershot to have a particular resonance.

The author has clearly undertaken a huge amount of research to produce these detailed studies. His knowledge of the hundreds of players mentioned in the book is quite staggering. In addittion he very cleverley juxtoposes these with wry and shrewd observations on the politics, the economy and social events and trends at the time. Together they produce a "darn good read". It is beatifully written with some attractive and evocative photos.

Finally, I understand that the author is giving all the royalties to the Alzheimers Society. So here's an opportunity to dip into a quality book for a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane on a cold grey winters day and give something to a very worthwhile charity at the same time.
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Underdog: Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football's Also-RansI got tired of most sports books, particularly ones about football, years ago - the same old cliches, cut-and-pastes and colourless prose that could be written by most people, particularly the regular ghost writers.Most seemed either too bland in an attempt to trap as many purchasers as possible or too limited in their content as to only appeal to a small market.
"Underdog" is totally different - a labour of love, incredibly well-researched but at all times totally readable.It isn't just for those interested in football, or in the numerous teams mentioned here, but will amuse and entertain anyone who is in the slightest bit interested in what's been going on in this country for the last 50 years.
Fashions change, musical tastes alter, ephemeral superstars shine for a year and then are forgotten but our love for the underdogs,for the senselessly optimistic,for the daring dreamers thankfully remains forever.
If you're a fan of today's millionaire playboys, or the cynical world-weary pundits you probably won't enjoy most of this book but if you're genuinely interested in people and tales of derring-do and surprising success then this is for you.
A refreshing heart-warming work that I would totally recommend to readers of all ages, even though Huddersfield Town surely deserves to occupy a much larger chunk of this tome than it does...
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