The story of a football fan embarking on an odyssey following his hometown team by hitchhiking around the British Isles and Europe. It charts the rise of his club from obscurity to English Premier League Champions. Interspersed with tall tales written by the author for his club fanzine, this story should prove entertaining to not only football fans, but also those not interested in sport. More
This is the true story of a football fan so desperate to follow his team, he decides to hitchhike all over the British Isles to watch them.
It starts with a ‘Road to Damascus’ conversion to football fanaticism and then takes in the terror and discomfort of football hooliganism in the 1970s and 1980s.
From a battering in Brighton to being marooned on motorway service stations, the author shows a combination of crazed loyalty and pig-headed stubbornness. it will make readers laugh and cringe at the same time when they read about the privations he was prepared to endure, all to watch his beloved hometown team.
Eventually the hitchhiking had to stop after his girlfriend threatened to leave him. But this was at the same time as a local steel magnate injected vast sums of money into his team. From obscurity they became England’s Premier League Champions and also won another major trophy. the author continued to follow his team, even venturing across Europe. In between these events, he still managed to keep up his eccentric behaviour by actually walking to one away match.
This book is a story about blind loyalty, determination and crass stupidity. it is also great fun, just what supporting your team is all about.
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on Oct. 29, 2012 :
I am not a football fan, yet I found this ebook locally historical, full of football facts, and more importantly very humourous!! One gets the sense of actually being 'on the road' with this author. Although he needs to know the difference between Bucks Fizz & Brotherhood Of Man!! The latter never took their kit off. Great Book, well recommended, good value for money. I also enjoyed the 4,000 holes stories mimicking the facts & feelings of the fans at the time. Excellent Read!!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2012 :
Fist class raed about a hard up football fan who laways had enough beer money and enough for his tickets to watch Rovers.