For football freaks : The Rough Guide to English Football
When I reviewed Nick Hornby?s Fever Pitch a few months ago, I mentioned how funny it was to read an adolescent?s craze with the arsenal football club.Updated: Dec 03, 2005 11:55 IST
When I reviewed Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch a few months ago, I mentioned how funny it was to read an adolescent’s craze with the arsenal football club. Personally, I have experienced the same but I am slightly removed from the whole cacophony associated with the David Beckhams and Man Utds, or sir Alex Fergussens for that matter.
The Rough Guide to English Football is an essential fan hand-book. But it is not one of those yet another run-of-the-mill guides to football. For its size it is perhaps the most comprehensive guides on the subject I have ever read. Concentrating on just the English Premiership Clubs it lists them alphabetically and traces their history right from the day when each club was instituted and till their last win or defeat.
What is interesting is the format in which the whole affair has been planted. On one side is the trivia spanning, on an average, 90 or more years and their wins and loses, and on the other a short guide to their home stadiums, seating capacity, features, directions…you name it! And like all guide books this too comes with extensive maps detailing the stadiums and the way to get there.
Since many of the clubs are stationed in London, readers will find it easier on their trips there to include an itinerary to one of the stadiums mentioned herein. But perhaps the real beneficiaries of this guide would be the football fans both active and passive who will appreciate the tiny details they never knew but found in here.
First Published: Dec 03, 2005 11:44 IST