Apparently it’s World Book Day so I thought I’d cobble together a quick top five of recommended football books I’ve enjoyed in recent years.
I’m not one for a biography as you’ll see, I like learning about the clubs, their locations and communities. I hope you enjoy some of these. Please note, if you buy a book using the links below, FiB will make a small fee from each sale.
Building the Yellow Wall
I’ve been making a yearly pilgrimage to Borussia Dortmund for many years now, something me and Duds loved to do. To stand in the Yellow Wall is a truly unbelievable experience. The noise, the smell, the goosebumps as the team come out, oh and the never ending supply of beer. I’m yet to finish the book, but it’s been a fascinating insight in to the growth and cult status of the team and its supporters.
When I read this, it started off a bit like a Dave Gorman/Danny Wallace read where there’s a bet, and then the fall-out of that bet. But this book grew on me and I became completely entranced with Paul Watson’s story as he set out to manage an international team. Since then he has become a huge advocate for the smaller nations and saw him organise the 2018 CONIFA World Cup in London (and Bracknell).
The Illustrated History Of Football
Part history lesson, part comic strip. I love David Squires work and sense of humour. Ideal for when we’re all taking football a little bit to seriously.
The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro
It’s been years and years since I read this book but it drew me in. It is in the vein of following a specific club for a season, but this time it is the small-town team of Castel di Sangro who had reached the heights of Serie B in the late 1990s. It was a fascinating story that including alleged match fixing, a battle against relegation, a signing of Ali Dia proportions and if memory serves, an awful and tragic twist.
Anything by Daniel Gray
Specifically though Saturday, 3pm and Black Boots & Football Pinks. I think there is now a third in the series but these are lovely little pocket books full of 50 or so very specific memories about football and going to it – even more relevant now.