There are many interesting, often funny, stories behind the web of little publicised, though frequently intense, rivalries between clubs and fans. With extensive quotes and contributions from supporters, this examination of the extraordinary cult of British football derbies examines the inter-town and regional biases, stereotypes and opinions that fans have about their footballing rivals. Contrasting sharply with common perceptions about local derbies, many have an unexpected basis the fact that many rivalries are between clubs that are not geographically close to each other, or the existence of "one-sided" derby games, where one set of supporters considers the rivalry significant, whereas the opponent's fans don't. "Rivals" uses both statistics and fans testimony to reveal facts such as Bolton Wanderers being the most loathed club in Britain, or Portsmouth possessing the most vocal fans. The book uncovers the amusing, bizarre, and sometimes alarming portraits of the intensity of fans' feelings; the way in which they perceive other teams, towns and cities, and how they perrsonally relate to the areas where they live and were brought up. "Rivals" has a clear format pulling together diverse facts, often little known to most fans. Attractively designed with information given under headings allowing the reader to compare various facts on a club-to-club basis, the text can be read from cover to cover or dipped into.
About the Author
Geoff Harvey and Vanessa Strowger have published the acclaimed Britain's 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes with Geoff further authoring Successful Football Betting and Successful Matched Betting.
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