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Up Pompey: A Clueless American Sportswriter Bumbles Through English Football Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007
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This one is for all lovers of the Beautiful Game...fun, eye-opening and emotional. (Jon Wise DAILY SPORT)
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A Premiership season, through the eyes of a disillusioned American sports journalist who adopts Portsmouth FC as his club. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The basic idea is that Chuck, an American sports journalist, has fallen out of love with American sports, and looks for revived passion. He decides to sample the wierd and wonderful world of English football. I won't spoil the rest.
It really is worth a read. The book brings your interest in football back to it's very foundations, and gives a different outlook on the sport us British are so used to.
Despite the title, "Up Pompey" is not exclusively for Portsmouth fans (Although that is an extra treat for those who are). So I'd recommend it to anyone.
The writing is so wonderful that even readers who aren't football or sports fans will enjoy reading about Chuck's experience.
I can't wait to see what he writes next!
When he is not talking about american sports he is discussing conversations he has overheard on the train and his strange impressions of football culture.
I am a pompey fan and i was dissapointed