January 14, 2009 Leave a comment
I got this book at Christmas and devoured it in about a day. if you’ve ever followed a useless football team you’ll relate to this book. The author documents one season at the end of the 1960s following his local team Bromley FC. While his other friends in school support top flight teams like Arsenal or Crystal Palace, he is attracted to his local club Bromley.
Falling in with the team’s devoted but strange band of followers, Roberts’ life revolves around the fortunes of Bromley for the whole season. He weaves his growing pains effortlessly around each home and away game – music, girls, school, trying to play football himself. This book is testament to why so many are attracted to the romance of lower and non-league football. It’s not about success on the pitch but triumph over adversity, a sense of belonging, being able to be yourself, and the odd moment of glory.
I recommend checking out the author’s blog. It documents the book’s entire process from initial idea to drafting, pitching to publishers, publicity, and reviews.