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Underdog!: Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football's Also-Rans
     

Underdog!: Fifty Years of Trials and Triumphs with Football's Also-Rans

by Tim Quelch
 

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The Brits are suckers for plucky losers, or so they're told. But more than this, they love to see a heroic upset. In Underdog!, Tim Quelch calls upon a lifetime of watching struggling teams to show how post-war soccer's most improbable successes were achieved—all set against a beautifully painted backdrop of grinding lower-division hardship,

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The Brits are suckers for plucky losers, or so they're told. But more than this, they love to see a heroic upset. In Underdog!, Tim Quelch calls upon a lifetime of watching struggling teams to show how post-war soccer's most improbable successes were achieved—all set against a beautifully painted backdrop of grinding lower-division hardship, and changing times. Tim has spent 50 years following teams through temporary slumps in fortune (such as Chelsea and Manchester City) and more permanent economic downturns (play up, Burnley and Preston!). During Tim's windows of fandom, Northampton Town and Leyton Orient punched briefly, yet triumphantly, well above their weight, while Hastings United remained almost entirely below the radar. Underdog! is a tale of unlikely successes and abject failures—the infrequent high points of Tim's soccer-supporting life leavened with inspirational stories of more celebrated giant killers, from Hereford United to the Crazy Gang.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781785310720
Publisher:
Pitch Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2015
Pages:
256

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Tim Quelch is the author of Bent Arms and Dodgy Wickets and Stumps & Runs & Rock 'n' Roll. He has also penned a number of books reflecting his oft-painful yet enduring love for Burnley FC. Since his retirement from local government social care services, Tim now writes to raise funds for charitable causes, such as the Alzheimer's Society and Parkinson's UK.

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