Black Boots and Football Pinks: 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game

 
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Goalkeepers in trousers, proper division names, turf patterns, pixelated scoreboards and, of course, Saturday evening pink newspapers... They were the gritty stardust that made football sparkle.

Here, 50 such wonders are drawn together with evocative charm before they slip from memory forever. Dedicating a chapter to each wonder, Daniel Gray's pieces read more like love letters than essays.

Here is a sentimental meander beneath main-stand clocks and through streets where children still play football. Written in the same wistful and whimsical style as Gray's much-admired previous book, Saturday, 3pm, the unashamedly nostalgic Black Boots and Football Pinks will warm the heart and prompt fond sighs of recognition.

Gray's words preserve on paper the relics and minutiae of a shared obsession and identity. They make yesterday's football feel within touching distance, and offer cosy refuge from a boisterous game and world.

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The perfect stocking filler... a wonderful little book - --Sunday Sport

[Gray] effortlessly paints pictures that transport you to a place and time ... both clever and endearing - --The Football Pink

An affectionate, tongue-not-quite-in-cheek lamentation for all that's been lost from the game... Slight yet robust like a winger of the old school, this book jinks, charms and scores - --When Saturday Comes

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A collection of lyrical sweet-nothings whispered to old-fashioned wingers, ramshackle dugouts, multiple cup replays and 47 other wonders that made us love football

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