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on 25 September 2017
Came to this book through a very interesting 2 page spread in the last Nottingham local history paper Bygones...on Mr Stan Bowles.......This book quotes Martin Amis 'that all men see a last football match'....thing is, look at any crowd, today and men ....old men seem to be hanging on!!!!!!!.....this book has that self serving satisfaction of listening to your own voice...and enjoying every word ..like you can spout to those who no longer listen....why should they? Who cares?....once upon a time son,..on the subject of this book...you would look at them from over the sea and say...watch em..they are bent they cheat....dirty this and that etc.....but when we are at the stage where the president of lyon talking about transfer dealings with a premier???..club chairman...or the sporting lisbon topman describe the owners of once respected and class west ham....as the dxxxx brothers you are left in no doubt...the game of football is very different in 2017....would like to big up my local club stoke city...who do great things in the community.....fair play....but this book is about the game...the one that has been airbrushed...and repackaged..in such a way we are being sold ideas that are not new...an example being malcolm Allison playing no strikers while in charge of plymouth.......Liverpool and forest playing a system and style Spain have reinvented...with defenders who..man marked.and defended....look at those handing the big trophy to British captains....in the 1970s and 80s....they look like a military junta...do you think they sat looking on thinking we must not put a stop to this......do you hand on heart think the game on and off the pitch was not taken away from us...????...oh the hooligans.?.....yes, do you think they could have been stopped from the start from the late 60s??could 250 crack Russian hooligans been used years ago home and abroad? (Gang culture today..dress and talk like this buffoon...like what he likes his value system....moo like a cow...at your religion your icon...kill someone that looks just like you....yes folks your doing someone's work...yes you are..as Johnny rotten said they made you a moron....and you go along with it...Marcus garvey.. ..Martin Luther king- malcolm x..not to mention your idea of God..shaking the collective head...what are you doing ?..or like many things like never ending strikes....the rope was extended.....until we hung ourselves, still everyday all around the world....this book is an old story....like law and best on all those chat shows.....but like Andrew smart...we couldn't stop hearing that same story.....over and over....enjoyed this book...5 stars....it used be US and them...now it's hard to see anyone but them...and anyway who wants to be US anymore?...as a car advert says at the moment....we keep moving forward....great.
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on 21 November 2015
Very nostalgic of the times, but was a little let down by the whole premise of the title. Again don't judge a book by its cover. Good read though of the time
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on 3 September 2014
A great trip down memory lane.
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on 9 May 2015
A great read for all fans of football nostalgia but seemed short of chapters with a lot of facts at the end, so would like to have read just a few more of the stories and anecdotes from the first half of the book. A couple of errors in there, for example Southampton were worthy winners of the FA Cup in 1976 from the second division but it's wrong to say they were the last ones as it happened again in 1980.
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on 21 August 2015
Nostalgic read
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on 27 January 2015
Rather a disappointing book, the main problem is that it contains far too many basic factual errors which becomes really frustrating after a while. It's a pleasant enough spin through 70's football but contains nothing new to hold the attention.
Massive appendix containing details of every season through the decade which may be of interest, but probably not.
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on 15 June 2015
Great read
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on 14 January 2015
Nostalgic read but a few factual errors.
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on 17 July 2014
excellent book
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