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After fifteen years in his job, disillusioned prize-winning American sports journalist Chuck Culpepper decided it was time for a change. He moved to the UK where he discovered football and began to visit stadiums and sit among big crowds, learning about a league chock-a-bloc with facts he didn't know, legacies that hadn't grown tired, and astounding fan noise he couldn't wait to comprehend. Most important, he discovered the Fear of Relegation which wreaks fear, envy, anxiety, desperation and humiliation - in other words, so many of the things still great about sport. Chuck decided to start his second sports childhood by following one club through the 10-month 2006-07 season: Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth. UP POMPEY - a journey from snide, abject cynicism to the freshest of goosebumps - describes Chuck's dramatic year spent burrowed in England's Premiership.
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Chuck Culpepper is a leading American sports columnist He has twice (in 2003 and 2004) been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize UP POMPEY desribes his dramatic year following Portsmouth FC Unusual, funny and fresh perspective on English football Shortlisted for the 2007 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award Will appeal to fans of Guillem Balague's 'A Season on the Brink' Chuck has received fantastic reviews: 'This is one for lovers of the Beautiful Game ... fun, eye-opening and emotional' Daily Sport 'In an account dense with jokes ... anyone who has knots in their stomach as full-time approaches ... will know exactly what he is going on about' Independent 'An affectionate, Brysonesque look at football ... offers insight that only a foreigner can divine' Times Magazine

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The lead sports columnist in first Lexington then Portland, and a feature writer at 'Newsday' until 2006. Chuck Culpepper has twice (2003 and 2004) been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in London.


"Up Pompey testifies to underdog victories and wonder goals witnessed" -- Michael Caines TLS

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