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Saturday-Afternoon Fever Pitch,
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Dave Roberts is moving to the US. His long-suffering wife tells him he can only take a tupperware box full of the many, many programmes he has collected throughout his life.
Influenced by Nick Hornby (a cross between '31 Songs' and 'Fever Pitch', with a dash of Desert Island Discs thrown in), this s Roberts' second book. His previous work, 'The Bromley Boys' focussed on his local team and the love of his footballing life. In '32 Programmes' he selects the matches that define him, tying programmes together with key events in his life.
He does this well, with a thick vein of humour evident throughout the book, conveying the desperation and brotherhood that men (and women) find stood on a freezing winter Saturday, watching a team that you know will break your heart with only a cup of bovril to keep you going.
Suited more specifically to such die-hard, OCD football fans than either of Hornby's books (both of which have a wider audience), Roberts is an engaging author whose passion for football of all levels comes across easily in his works. He makes it enjoyable and entertaining.
Simply, if you have a real football fan in your family...buy it.