Ian Ridley's book, Floodlit Dreams, is a wonderful read and also an insight into the running of a non-league club, its boardroom troubles and Ian's efforts to save the club he has loved and supported since a young boy. It's straight from the heart as at times it touches on his personal life and feelings. I found it a "cant put it down book" and recommend it a very good read to all into non-league football. (JG?) DS
I enjoyed reading Ian Ridley's book too DrSaint. Very genuine and open, and he wears his heart on his sleeve throughout the book. Plus the insight it gives in to what goes on behind the scenes at a non-League club was fascinating to me.
Any other recommendations for non-League books anyone?
I finished my second reading of Inverting the Pyramid recently and I have now started on The Bromley Boys, which is going to be a very quick and funny read I think.
Shame that there is no official or unofficial St Albans City history book. I wonder if the club historian (Mr Tavener?) might ever attempt to write one? Plenty of non-League clubs have them and I imagine City's would make interesting reading.
Post by Mick the Mike on Mar 25, 2010 10:31:29 GMT
Simon Inglis' Football League Grounds of Great Britain is much thumbed through as is The Non League Football Grounds of Great Britain.
I grew up in Sarf London and Charlton and Millwall were my local teams. Charlton's Gary Nelson's move to Torquay and his two books about his times there, were of great interest.
Eamomn Dunphy is a journalist with the Irish Times. He played for Manchester United, Millwall and York City among others and during his time at the Den, wrote a book titled Only a Game? (the question mark was part of the title).
He had set out to create the book in almost diary form over a season, detailing the players' daily activities and their reaction to matches, how the press reported each of those matches and also how the fans perceived those same matches.
He quickly realised that in many cases, each group perceived the same match in a different way and that his plans for the book would have resulted in a very large tome being produced. Instead, he concentrated on events from the players' perspective, gave less emphasis to the press reports and scant mentions of the fans reactions. The outcome in many cases was the strong contrasting views of the players who thought that they were unlucky in particular matches while the press and fans were less than complimentary about the teams' performance in those same matches.
The style of writing in this book was very much that of a fledgling author but Dunphy was to be forgiven for that as he provided a unique insight into the life and times of a journeyman footballer. After retiring from football he became a broadcaster and journalist and his polished style of writing contrasted very much with his first efforts in Only a Game?
I picked up a copy of one of Garry Nelson's books lately in Oxfam Books in St. Albans. Pretty sure it was Left Foot in the Grave. I think that might be the sequel to his other book? I haven't started reading it yet anyway.
I'll keep a look out for the other book you mention by Eamon Dunphy. I see on Amazon that Brian Glanville has called it 'the best and most authentic memoir by a professional footballer' so it definitely sounds worth picking up to me!
Excellent opening chapters. Enjoying it so far, although it is making me a little depressed at the state of the game we all love.
I've never really been that interested in the business/financial side of football. As I often say, I'm only really in it for the football, but I think this book will capture my imagination and I also think that it will be somewhat of an education for me.
It is called The Beautiful Game? Searching For The Soul Of Football.
Also, I recently borrowed a book from the library on Capello written by Gabriele Marcotti, which looks interesting. I often enjoy Marcotti's journalistic work, so I'm hoping that this will prove entertaining too.
And, finally, I decided to buy The Italian Job co-written by Marcotti and Vialli, which compares Italian and English football, and which I thought looked like it would be a fascinating read.
I'm about three quarters of the way through the David Conn book now. Extremely depressing reading in parts and some of the stories make me feel so angry about the way that some clubs and their fans have been treated by the irresponsible, corrupt and selfish individuals in charge of their clubs.
It has certainly brought home to me how important the supporters trusts have been at many of these clubs. It makes me proud to be a member of the Saints City Trust and very thankful towards the current Trust officers for setting up the Trust and taking all of the flak from those few individuals who would rather sit back and destroy/criticise rather than contribute. The vast majority of fans are definitely thankful for all of the Trust's hard-work and the truth is that setting up the Trust might even end up being one of the most important and significant things to ever have happened to the club in the long-run.
Anyway, I recommend the book to everyone, although it often doesn't make comfortable reading. It has certainly opened my eyes.
I'm about to start reading Brian Glanville's book on the history of England managers. It is called England Managers: The Toughest Job in Football. Should be an interesting but potentially painful read!
I like reading stuff on social history. On the sporting side "Kicking and SCreaming" by Andrew Ward and Rogan Taylor is a good read. It has snippets of interviews with people connected with football (not just players) past and present. They tell what times were like pre the second world war in a social sense.