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  • A tale anyone who has ever played football can relate to, a tale any number of people could have written. But I'm glad it was Barney Ronay who actually did it. His version is funny, sharp, poignant, his ear for conversation acute. And his prose is at times blissful, filling his book with observations that lift it way above being just an accumulation of park football yarns... he makes you care for a bunch of footballing saddos, root for them, really hope they manage to pull it off

  • Resounds with matey banter. His descriptions of the actual games are hilarious, and his book has more insight into the pleasures, pain and the point of football than the combined autobiographies of an entire premiership squad

    Independent on Sunday
  • Hilarious ... affectionately captures the rites of passage of your average footy-mad guy

  • If Barney Ronay played football as well as he writes about it nobody would have heard of David Beckham

    Harry Pearson

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