A Random History of Football

A Random History of Football

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Random occurences that shaped the history of football - an alternative history of the game from loveable broadcaster Colin Murray.

Nowadays a top Premiership football club can spend GBP50 million on a Portuguese pin-up or a legendary Italian goalkeeper, but you cannot take into account the effects of a dodgy takeaway meal, a dropped bottle of aftershave on a goalkeeper's toe, or the fact that your most creative player has to leave town because of a chance drunken encounter with another player's wife. It is these random moments that have shaped football as much as the headline-grabbing Cantona kung fu kick and that Russian linesman in 1966. In this witty alternative history of football you will learn:

* Different sizes of football were used in each half of the inaugural World Cup Final of 1930.
* Sheffield United almost signed Diego Maradona.
* Saddam Hussein changed the result of an Iraq versus Chelsea match.
* Bury FC's Robbie the Bobby tops the league of worst-behaved mascots.

From the height of international football to the scandal of the Conference league Christmas party that cost far more than a bar-bill, Colin Murray tries his best to make you believe, once more, in football's unpredictability.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 133 x 196 x 25mm | 318g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15
  • 1409103765
  • 9781409103769
  • 863,257

About Colin Murray

Born 1977 in Belfast, Colin Murray is a national radio and TV presenter. He is the host of Radio 5 Live's 'Fighting Talk' and hosts 5 Live Sport. In addition to this, Colin is taking over from Adrian Chiles on Match of the Day 2 and will be presenting a nightly highlights show on BBC2 during the World Cup.
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51 ratings
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4 25% (13)
3 41% (21)
2 6% (3)
1 10% (5)
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