Offsider

Offsider

3.5 (6 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

In the 1970s, growing up in rural Australia as a young English immigrant was a dangerous game, especially if you were mad about the sport unkindly labelled 'wogball'. In Offsider Patrick Mangan describes his long and perilous journey from the suburbs of London to country Victoria to the MCG, from Big Ben to bulbous Mallee skies and beyond. All while bearing the stigma of his hapless, relegation-bound Arsenal. Like a Fever Pitch set among gum trees and dust, it's the story of a frail Pommy kid's passion for the world game, his epic battle to convert the pagans of the outback to the cause, and, presaging a future in sports journalism, the building of a publishing empire-producing Ballarat's most popular soccer magazine ever made by 12-year-olds (circulation- six). Offsider is about how sport defines us, how nationality defines us. It's about how Australia became, at least in the eyes of one fan, a football nation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Victory Books
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0522857213
  • 9780522857214
  • 1,330,283

About Patrick Mangan

Patrick Mangan was born in north London and his family migrated to country Victoria when he was five. In the mid-1990s, he became editor of Soccer Australia magazine and later worked as the soccer reporter for The Sunday Age and The Age. Patrick currently works as a book editor and is beginning to accept that he will never play for Arsenal. But he hasn t yet given up on the Socceroos.show more

Rating details

6 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 17% (1)
4 33% (2)
3 33% (2)
2 17% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X