Working Class Heroes

Working Class Heroes : The Story of Rayo Vallecano, Madrid's Forgotten Team

3.58 (95 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.58 (95 ratings by Goodreads)

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Working Class Heroes is much more than the story of a football club. This is the tale of a working-class neighbourhood, its people's relationship with both their team and the outside world, and how they co-exist. Founded in 1924, Rayo Vallecano recently achieved their highest ever position in the Spanish football league, though shortly after this feat they were brought back down to earth with relegation to the second tier of Spanish football - an outcome wholly in keeping with the historical ups and downs of the club. Madrid is a city overwhelmed by the existence of Real Madrid, though out in Vallecas, just a short metro ride from the city centre, Rayo Vallecano are the only team for the local people. While they accept their role as Madrid's third team, they wear their fandom like a badge of honour, and the club's fan group pride themselves on being anti-fascist. Working Class Heroes is the story of a writer who followed Los Vallecanos around for a year, learning from the fans about the football club and its chequered past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1785313185
  • 9781785313189
  • 203,479

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"Pitch has made a speciality of encouraging unfashionable but publishable projects, its output typified by Robbie Dunne's Working-Class Heroes. Dunne captures the singularity of the determinedly local, blue-collar, radical Madrid club Rayo Vallecano, providing a view of Spanish football beyond the slavish preoccupation of most media with Real Madrid and Barcelona." --Guardian: The best books on sport of 2017
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About Robbie Dunne

Robbie Dunne is a freelance journalist currently living and working in Madrid. He wrote Working Class Heroes while learning the language and embedding himself into the culture of the Spanish capital. Robbie works in the English department at Diario AS, where several top journalists have helped him with the book - along with the club itself.
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95 ratings
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4 28% (27)
3 36% (34)
2 13% (12)
1 1% (1)
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