I received my copy on this day... do you
like what I did there? So what happened 'On This Day', way back in
history? Well, I can tell you that on 28 January "Wheeler-dealer
Terry Venables blagged himself the England job today in 1994." And
from 'El Tel' to 'El Macca', "Steve McManaman...agreed to join Real
Madrid on a Bosman transfer at the end of the season".
You get the idea.... and you cannot tell me
that someone out there is not going to pick up this book of the shelves
in there not so-local bookstore, and idly flick through it, looking to
see what happened on there birthday. I know I am not the only one.
Incidentally - Bryan Robson is all over my birthday.... It was the day
he scored after 38 seconds, the quickest at Wembley, against Yugoslavia.
He was also appointed Middlesbrough manager exactly nine years
later..... hmmm. Interesting.
The point being - this is not a book full
of statistics. The greater many would try and get away with naming
England player's birthdays and leaving it with just that. England
On This Day does give us birthdays, but it is well hidden away amongst
the history and proper facts. Facts that can actually make you
impressed. A lot of work has gone into this book, and it shows.
In fact - it could take you a year to read this...
The one downside... I cam across this
book accidentally. It deserves higher prominence. I did not
see it on the bookshelves, I found it on Ebay. Still, I hope I can
re-address the balance somehow.
England On This Day
is history of the England team that, as the cliché
goes, takes it one day at a time. Contained within its pages are
England s greatest victories, most spectacular goals, biggest
personalities and record breakers. Oh, and a couple of shoot-out
losses to the Germans unfortunately. Some you ll remember, some you ll
wish you did and other s you ll have tried to forget, but here are all
the stories that make being an England fan the unique mix of pride,
passion and disappointment that we all put ourselves through. From
Walter Winterbottom and Len Shackleton, through Sir Alf and Bobby
Moore to Sven and Becks, it s all here.
- Amazon.co.uk synopsis
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