Synopses & Reviews
"Readers will know from the very first pages that they are in the hands of a deep thinker and a gifted stylist, careful to turn a phrase only where it will glitter most. Hopcraft... is that rarest of birds, an intellectual who understands fans' feelings, and when he calls their chants a 'plainsong of the terraces,' the language isn't merely ornamental, it's meaningful...An influential and still highly absorbing exploration, this deserves its place on a very short list of the best soccer books of all time." - Booklist Online
"When I started reading the book, I kept a blank piece of paper as a bookmark to take notes, a simple page number and one word of a sentence that stood out. I filled up one slip of paper, then another, and then beginning on the third piece, I realized that I was becoming like a medieval monk transcribing a holy manuscript, so I stopped and just read. It has been added to a short shelf of books that have become indispensable." â?? World Soccer Talk
Written just two years after England’s ‘66 triumph when the national game was at its zenith, Arthur Hopcraft’s The Football Man
is repeatedly quoted as the best book ever written about the sport.
Written just two years after England s 66 triumph when the national game was at its zenith, Arthur Hopcraft s The Football Man is repeatedly quoted as the best book ever written about the sport. This definitive, magisterial study of football and society profiles includes interviews with all-time greats like Bobby Charlton, George Best, Alf Ramsay, Stanley Matthews, Matt Busby and Nat Lofthouse. It is a snapshot of a pivotal era in sporting history; changes and decisions were made in the sixties that would create the game we know today."
About the Author
ARTHUR HOPCRAFT, who died in 2004, was an English scriptwriter, well known for his TV plays such as The Nearly Man, and for his small-screen adaptations such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Hard Times, Bleak House, and Rebecca. Before taking up writing for TV, he was a sports journalist for The Guardian and The Observer, writing The Football Man: People and Passions in Soccer, which was voted one of best sports books of all time by The Observer and The Independent. He also had four other books published, including an autobiographical account of his childhood, and wrote the screenplay for the film Hostage. Hopcraft won the BAFTA writer's award in 1985.