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John White,
The England Football Miscellany
(Carlton Books ltd, 2006)
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Reviewed by Chris Goodwin
2 April 2006

Released 3 April 2006

This book is unlike any other England trivia book, its actually rather refreshing.  The facts inside this book, which has indeed been painstakingly researched, are not only quirky, but also correct.

What we have here is an author who is passionate about his football, and is one of the true football supporters, already completing a similar book dealing with Manchester United.

There is very little I can add to the synopsis that can be found below.  But the author has taken the best and worst of the national side and laid them down in an easy-to-digest format.  It is this refreshing simplicity that makes it a valuable asset to have on your bookshelf.

Personally, I am pleased to have come across John White.  His passion and knowledge of England is contagious, and through this book, this is plainly obvious.  "The England Football Miscellany" deserves respect because it is a respectful piece - there are far worse on our bookshelves that do deserve to be coasters for our cups of tea.

There is something for every football supporter in "The England Football Miscellany". The England team has a long and storied history, but this book is neither a work of reference, nor a compendium of lists, nor a collection of biographies, nor a compilation of trivia. In fact, it is a gloriously quirky mixture of all these things and much more besides. Within these pages, the reader will learn hundreds of fascinating facts about the national team on a wide range of topics, from Wembley Stadium to Soho Square, to the famous managers, outstanding players and big match encounters. Painstakingly researched, "The England Football Miscellany" will bring hours of reading pleasure to every fan. -  Amazon.co.uk synopsis

Today I am like many others, an avid England fan who wants us to repeat the success of 1966.  I am also very much looking forward to walking into the new Wembley Stadium for the first time having played under the old Twin Towers 29 times for England.  The England Miscellany is a truly interesting and wonderful book that is packed full of many interesting facts, tales, stories, records, statistics and events since England played an Official Match for the first time in Glasgow on 25th November 1872, drawing 0-0 with the Auld Enemy, Scotland right up to the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. 

 
And so here you have it, 133 years of our International teamís past and present history in one delightful book.  -  Gary Lineker OBE, England 1984-92

To buy:  Amazon
To buy: Tesco

CG