• Brilliantly incisive. Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been. Goldblatt's book could hardly be more impressive

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • Offers an enlightening, enriching experience. It is based on a formidable range of sources, personal observation and a pleasingly sardonic turn of phrase. Not all football writers know their stuff, let alone the socio-economic context, but Goldblatt does. Altogether this is an exceptional book

    David Kynaston, Guardian
  • Not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era

    David Runciman, Wall Street Journal
  • David Goldblatt examines [English football] peerlessly ... A superb history of a sport and of a nation

    Evening Standard
  • Goldblatt is a trusted guide ... Rich with statistics, this is an admirably balanced account of the beautiful game

    Daily Mail
  • Prodigious research and a fluent writing style ... this is a fine book which should have an appeal much beyond the game

    Mihir Bose, Independent
  • An encyclopaedic portrait of English football stripped of all the non-stop hype. The beautiful game is, after all, a dirty business

    Financial Times (Life & Arts)
  • An intensely readable socioeconomic study of English football in the age of globalisation

    New Statesman
  • A book that informs and inspires, a truly great piece of writing

    Philosophy Football
  • The best pub talker of a book for years

    Sunday Sport

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