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Goal-Post: Victorian Football
Goal-Post: Victorian Football
by Paul Brown
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Football had its challenges, 17 Dec. 2012
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For those of you interested in the very early days of organized football, this book throws some interesting light on players, administrators, fans and officals as it was in the 1800s. If you thought the absence of goal-line technology is a 21st century problem, think again, as special rules were developed for the absence of goal nets and the occasions of when a ball burst. The secret is revealed as to how to custom manufacture a football for professional use: you will need a cooperative sheep. Entertaining in parts, tedious in others, none the less it makes one want to know more about what it was like when an away game was always made by train.

The Ashes Series 2010/2011 Complete Collection 7DVD Box Set
The Ashes Series 2010/2011 Complete Collection 7DVD Box Set
Price: £47.10

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ashes All Over Again, 30 April 2012
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The product is attractively packaged, containing one DVD for each test and two extra DVDs covering the series as a whole. Unfortunately the enjoyment can be lessened by viewing the extra DVDs before diving into the games themselves, and there is little guidance provided in the booklet to warn you of that.

The coverage of the games is excellent, with first class camera work and good commentary, if not quite up to TMS standards. The drama and excitement of the contest is well captured, even when viewed months after the events themselves.

Bring it on!

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011
by Scyld Berry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £42.30

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011, 18 May 2011
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The usual masterful review of the past year's cricket, in what is Scyld Berry's last year as Editor. England's magnificent Ashes victory in Australia is recounted in sufficient detail to give those who were not fortunate enough to be able to watch it on TV to form a very full picture of events. The year's bribery and corruption scandals are reported, but thankfully not overly so, enabling the focus of the reader to remain on the play and not on the legal dramas. Less successful, I feel, is the reorganization of the Almanack, which has resulted in some material appearing too early in the book. For those like myself, who start at Page 1 and read forward, it would have been preferable to keep the non-game-related material at the back, as has served the readership for decades. The quality of many of the black-and-white photos is questionable, with sizing and subject open to improvement; in these days of HD it would be nice if all the photos could at least be in color. But perhaps these are small quibbles, as overall the publication is an excellent product.

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