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Sick of drifting aimlessly through his thirties, Simon Hood gives up his job and flat to embark on a unique adventure. A lifelong York City supporter, he sets out to cycle to their every match over the course of a season. York are languishing in the fifth tier of English soccer; home to footballing outposts as obscure as Ebbsfleet, Histon and Nailsworth. What follows is a ten-month, fifty-match, 10,000-mile pilgrimage taking Simon from Tyneside to the Sussex coast, from Cumbria to Kent. Along the way he rides through floods and snow with friends old and new, meets a Knight of the Realm, breaks a couple of bikes and battles with The Bonk. Would he make it to each match in time for kick-off? Would he resist the temptations of public transport? Would the team rise to the challenge and reward his efforts with an unlikely shot at glory?
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Nov 1, 2012This was really fun to read, and I’m not just saying that because he’s a nice guy! The writing is really good, and it’s a very enjoyable style. There’s lots of dry and/or self depreciating humour in here, but not enough to detract from the trip. The balance between cycling, football and random odds and ends is pretty good for the most part, with the random strangers who help out being flessed out nicely, if briefly, and the games being covered in a manner I like, the memorable moments and then a score. Although it would have been nice to have heard more about the Finney visit. There were a couple of times where the flow wasn’t quite right too (the end of the Chester game just merges into a random day riding which gave me a double take) but it’s an engaging read of a man you’d love to have a pint with doing something amazing.
Oct 23, 2012Along with Paul Lake’s autobiography ‘I’m Not Really Here’ this is the best sports book I have read this year. Yes I know CD Hood, yes we quaffed a lot of ale during his epic quest but I know that even if I had not met him then this would be a book I enjoyed and remembered for a long while. Friends and relatives have also commented on the funny, whimsical style of the book. It is engaging and most importantly gives a sense of ‘going somewhere’ with the author. This is not a book about football, it’s a book about the majesty of England, the spirit of adventure and the shameless blagging of a mop topped madman! You will fly through this book and be riveted with every passing game. Laughs galore and eloquence personified, this book is a ridiculous bargain and for tight fisted Yorkshireman like me an absolutely perfect present.
Oct 19, 2012This book was recommended to me even though I am neither cyclist nor football fan. Despite my having no obvious connection with the subject-matter it was an absolute delight to read; full of wry humour,subtle wordplay and social comment,as well as being a"Boys Own" adventure story. Recommended to me I recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle ,easy read or a present for a football or cycling fan.
Oct 1, 2012I bought this book because I post on the same football forum as the author, which gets the occasional mention in the book's pages. He shamelessly plugged it on the forum and I bought a copy out of pity to help stave off a commercial flop :) It's a great read and gives an insight to the stoic endurance and gallows humour of the supporters of football clubs in the lower tiers of the English pyramid (and an object lesson to fully paid up glory hunters like me - a Manchester United fan since 1973). I'm also a cyclist and I'm a little envious of the feat the author has accomplished although, living in the Peak District, I'm aware this is rose-tinted envy and the reality of cycling on bitterly cold, windy winter days where every road seems to run uphill and in to the teeth of the gale is nowhere near as easy as the author modestly passes off. The most striking aspect of the book is the author's warm humour. I raced through it and found something to smile about on most pages. Fans of York... More > City have a lot to be acidic about but the book is bile-free for the most part and what little waspishness there is is more than justified. I really enjoyed the space devoted to the author's relationship with his father. I think this will resonate with most men lucky enough spend a good spell of their adult life with their dad still around. If you're a football fan, buy this book. If you're a York Fan, buy two. If you're a touring cyclist, buy this book. In fact, just buy this book. It's a good book - a decent travel memoir in its own right.< Less
Sep 18, 2012Being a York City fan, we are not blessed with a deluge of written material about our club. Thus on hearing about this book, I had to go out and buy it. I wasn't really sure what to expect, I had set my expectations fairly low to be perfectly honest, so I was delighted to discover an absolute gem of a read. Anyone who has followed lower league football for any number of years will be familiar with the amount of "work" which goes into supporting your local club. The triumphs are not necessarily winning a trophy in the season, or reaching the playoffs, but more about not losing a local derby, or beating a well fancied team. I worried that this book would focus either too much on the cycling (which I have very little interest) or too much on the football (which I feared could alienate too many). I needn't have worried at all. I found the balance between the travel aspect and the discussions of lower league football in general were perfectly balanced. And its not just storys of... More > York City which make it into this book (of which there are many tales of woe), but time is spent explaining the fall and subsequent rise of AFC Wimbledon, the rise of Histon. The problems facing Ebbsfleet plus of course our own recent dices with administration. Something I think many lower league football fan can understand. The book itself is well written. At times heartwarming, at times funny and always entertaining. A must read for any football fan who understands/wants to understand the troubles of a lower league football club.< Less
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- GJB Publishing
- September 6, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.63 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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