Saturday, August 19, 2006

Football (sorry!)

Most exciting thing to happen in football today?

Nah, not the premiership kicking off (Fulham don't play till tomorrow anyway. Who? Oh only Man Utd up at Old Trafford. I won't be going as Finn is too young for all the swearing and drinking but a couple of mates are going to be doing some yelling on my behalf. Off to a flying start as usual I suspect. As a Fulham fan the start of the season is always bitter sweet - particularly since beating Chelsea and Liverpool at home last year - the league and european champs -that will be hard to top...I digress)

No the most exciting thing happening in football today is The Damned Utd by David Peace.

Following on from his extraordinary treatment of the miners strike in GB84 Peace goes for Brian Clough's ill fated reign at Leeds Utd.

David Peace is quite simply among the best writers in the UK. He is a Yorkshire man himself and understands the animal nature of football and of that "Dirty" Leeds team of the seventies in particular. This is NOT a book about the "beautiful game". Football is not bloody beautiful - it's war. (But war fought in the way it should be fought - IE Nobody gets killed)

So there we have it - the best footie book in ages and perhaps the best footie novel ever?

Buy it from Crockatt & Powell - www.crockattpowell.com NOW.

14 comments:

  1. Needless to say, I couldn't be less interested if I was still asleep.

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  2. Oh Joy! I love the football! It's like Prozac for me. I just maintain a mildly euphoric state for ten months waiting for Match of the Day every saturday.

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  3. Da Da Da Daah Da Da Da Da Da Da Daah Da Da Da Da

    Da Da Da Daah Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Daah Da Da Da Da

    Gary and his coy smiles...

    The cliches!

    The summer tans!

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  4. (Susan - It's our Hello magazine.)

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  5. ad - Banksy has left the building...FU** We SO made a mistake on that one...

    Great day down the loo tho!

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  6. Speaking as a lifelong Manchester United supporter.......

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  7. But I thought you were a Yorkshire lass? How could you?

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  8. Is it as grindingly depressing as GB84?

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  9. Just for a second there Matthew I thought you meant Gordon Banksy, the Foxes finest...

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  10. Yes Stu - it is as grindingly depressing as GB84...

    Still great though!

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  11. I am a Yorkshire lass, till I die, even though I live in Glos. BUT, I was in Manchester stayng with friends when the Busby Babes plane crashed and having experienced a whole city in total shock and mourning like that, I became a supporter then and have remained one. Besides, (DUCKING AS SHE SAYS IT ) Yorkshire doesn't have any decent football teams.

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  12. Susan, the Blades are in the mix this year - Utd v Utd. Sheffield v Manchester. You'll probably have to hide from that one - too many torn loyalties! (Or does South Yorkshire count?)

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