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on 9 October 2013
Where to begin? Regarding the text, i'd award it two stars. The anecdotes are vaguely interesting but would be more effective if there was a wider narrative and background weaved around them. Instead, readers are left with a series of disjointed recollections, some of which are mildly interesting, others dull - none rivet. Even without personal quotes and memories, Simon Inglis manages to capture the spirit of football grounds purely through a wildly brilliant pen. This book fails in that respect.
However, the greatest failing is the standard of photography. Were it possible, I would give that a zero mark. By in large two photographs are set aside for each ground. As an example of the choice you have a kid in a jesters hat (Leicester), no sight of the ground. Two pictures of footballers (fellows park), but none of the ground. A house (highfield road). A picture of a blue brothers tribute band (maine rd), and a pic of people walking down the street (highbury). When the author does bother to source pictures of the actual ground, many are blurred or out of focus. Those that don't meet his eccentric criteria lack any magic. The grounds featured in this book are among the most charming, charismatic grounds in the history of the sport, but you would never guess that. I had looked forward to receiving this book, not least on the basis of the other reviews. Unfortunately, I can't help but feel a little cheated by the end product. What next? Well, with winter approaching, I might chuck into the fire.