Garry Nelson’s diary of the highs and lows of a struggling third division club; an authentic and vivid expose of English professional football, with an insight into the problems and day-to-day anxieties of players, backroom staff and management alike.
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“one of the most enjoyable of this year’s crop of sporting tapes… His diary, which Garry Nelson reads himself with a nice bounce, offers a truly fascinating picture of the day-to-day crises in the less-exposed end of the professional game.”
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 'William Hill' Sports Book of the Year Award
Garry Nelson’s diary of the highs and lows of a struggling third division club is an authentic and refreshingly vivid exposé of English professional football, giving a rare insight into the problems and day-to-day anxieties of players, backroom staff and management alike.
From early season cheer to end of season gloom, from glorious triumph to a struggle to put eleven players on the field, his portrayal of Torquay United FC captures the essence of football. The book also takes in wider issues – funding, FIFA, the British transfer system – and through it all the former player-coach proves himself an excellent writer and a shrewd and thoughtful analyser of the game.
“Don’t be lured into believing that anyone who has spent their career splashing about in the lower divisions can’t possibly write a book that stands up to critical acclaim. How wrong you would be.”
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