Roberts has his own voice, but he clearly paddles in the wake of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch. But what was crucially important about that book was that you didn't really need to be interested in football per se to appreciate it - it was about an obsession, of the sort we all have. I'm not sure that someone who doesn't appreciate the romance of mid-70s mid-week mid-table goalless draws would really be drawn into the story of 32 Programmes. And the Man U adulation loses a star, as far as I'm concerned...
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