Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold its Soul by Rob Smyth Online

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold its Soul
Title : Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold its Soul
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ISBN : 9781907642227
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of “the beautiful game” and “the people’s game” no longer fit.Smyth & Turner look at all the things that have stripped the charm and innocence from football, a list that includes grotesque wagesJumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of “the beautiful game” and “the people’s game” no longer fit.Smyth & Turner look at all the things that have stripped the charm and innocence from football, a list that includes grotesque wages and transfer fees, diving, 4-5-1, TV overkill, political correctness – and the lack of decent moustaches.With a wit and concern for the game we love, Jumpers for Goalposts is an engaging study of how football has sold its soul – and, perhaps more importantly, whether it can get it back."As a catalogue of all that is wrong with the game, the book is accurate and thorough. As rhetoric, it is stylish and irresistible ... It is not a new idea to index the simultaneous depravity and mundanity of modern football. But it has never been done as well as this. Richard Scudamore will despise every word, and there can be no higher praise than that." -- When Saturday Comes"Smyth and Turner have done an absolutely excellent job summing up the travails of the modern game in 'Jumpers for goalposts' – there are numerous anecdotes that needed re-telling and the depth of knowledge and research contained in the book is staggering ... Kudos also to Smyth and Turner for finishing off the book with a humdinger of a conclusion. After flagging up all the problems with the game today, they set out to remedy them and come up with some fine suggestions. However unlikely, hopefully some of the game's administrators are reading this tome." -- 101greatgoals.com"'Jumpers for Goalposts' is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of 'the beautiful game' and 'the people's game' no longer fit." -- soccerlens.com


Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold its Soul Reviews

  • Matthew Gaughan

    There's much about contemporary football I don't like and it's all listed and attacked here - avarice, commercialism, exorbitant transfer fees and wages, ticket prices, clubs taking advantage of the fans, media sensationalism, and FIFA - but I found myself irritated by the book's excessive nostalgia for a past that didn't exist, when footballers and the fans were working-class heroes, ignoring match fixing, bungs, and hooliganism; when a player was loyal to the club and the fans, but only becaus [...]

  • Gordon Wilson

    When I started reading this I thought it might turn out to be a sort of "Grumpy Old Men on Football" style book, reminiscing about how things were better "when I were a lad".I was wrong, not completely, but this is not a Clarkson-esque tirade against modern football. It is a very well thought out and reasoned discussion on how the game has been robbed of that magic that turned us all onto the game in the first place. Also quite clearly stating that this focus on money is not a new thing ! I won' [...]

  • Ralf Scrampton

    Very disappointing. Though there is much to criticise about modern football this book is mostly just about how great football was when the writer 'were a lad'. Except he glosses over the fact that it actually mostly wasn't.

  • Russell Taylor

    This was pretty disappointing overall. The premise of the book looked very interesting, but it seems the authors couldn't quite make up their minds if they wanted a proper study into the failings of modern football, or, a humorous attempt to compare football today against football of yesteryear. In the end they seemed to fall somewhere in between.The omens were not good when at the start of the book they put together a dream-team from the past that encompassed all they thought was good about foo [...]

  • Richard Gale

    some interesting quotes but it's mostly fantasy land rose tinted pining for something now impossible that probably never really existed anyway

  • Paul

    Jumpers for Goalposts – Some Interesting PointsI always smile when I read books that complain that football has changed for the worse that it is not like the old days. In the old days we had ramshakle stadia, crap food, violence on and off the pitch, deaths and people turning away from football. You could rock up to a ground pay at the gate and gain entry some of those even turned up at Old Trafford but then they always had the glory hunting tourist fans well worth punching on derby day. I und [...]

  • Derek Bell

    Not one for the fully kitted out, fully sky subscribed, premier league obsessed modern day football junkie listening to every phone in and with the base position of outrage at every decision that goes against their team. Not for the sort of fan who thinks football began with the EPL and Champions league, with wall to wall tv coverage and all an all encompassing media frenzy. If you think Tim Lovejoy is a knowledgeable football wit and afficiando, if you think Jim White the apogee of football jou [...]

  • Greg

    Despite the occasional typographical error, Smyth and Turner's work on the plague of considering sport solely as a business, one in which not only the club, but also the players and public are viewed as commodities is a good introduction, much as Eight Men Out is to addressing players' wages as a proportion of a club's income and Moneyball is into addressing financial inequalities between teams in the same league, into what is wrong presently in football and what can be done to address the situa [...]

  • DipaRaditya

    Don't call yourself a football fan if you haven't read this book. It is a full package of great historical narratives , notorious hard-men of football wrapped up with a nice reading experience. Enjoy the soul of football while it lasts.

  • Steve

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