Reviewed by Chris
18 July 2012
Released 11 July 2012
I know what you're thinking...Yet another book about the England Football
Team. Yet another amongst the shelves and probable obscurity in weeks to
come. But this one is different. Different, how? For a
start, its a hundred different facts. Not the same humdrum conveyer belt
of churned out stories. I mean, and I agree, that Alf Ramsey is
England's only triumphant manager. But he wasn't first choice for
the job, and in the land of 'if only's'.... you know, Fringe style,
alternate universes, or Red Dwarf alternate universes if you prefer. All
in all, the point is... in some alternate universe, Alfred Ramsey was
only a three-capped full back from the fifties.
I have no shadow
of a doubt that it was probably a difficult task to collate a hundred
different facts that were true, memorable and pub-quiz winning!
But regardless, true and memorable it is. And as for winning the
pub quiz...you can get in the next round of drinks with this one.
The only negative point regarding this, is the fact it will never
adorn the physical bookshelf, only the virtual bookshelf. It is
available as a Kindle download only, which is why the price is not just
reasonable, but shockingly inexpensive.
It has now been 500 matches since England
won the World Cup Final in 1966. Their one solitary triumph of any
significance. For what was once a proud nation, lack of any success
since has turned the exuberance into embarrassment. The England
players wear a solitary star on their shirt but not as a recollection
of proud times, but as a reminder of what an under-achieving nation
England actually is. Now that's not because they have not tried. There
has been some close runs and those ever-so-nears. 1990 and 1996 are
the two that remain etched on many supporters’ memories. But while
England fans wait, this e-book can serve to remind all England fans of
those oh-so-nears. The reason behind why England never made it, or
perhaps the reason why they did. But essentially, why England fans
love their national team.
- Amazon.co,uk synopsis
To buy: Amazon