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Title
Extra time - 50 further delights of modern football
Author
Daniel Gray
format
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Sport
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20201029

A collection of lyrical sweet-nothings whispered to late goals, local radio commentators, referees falling over and 47 other reminders of why we love football.Despite its flaws and excesses, modern football is still sprinkled with simple yet beguiling delights. In his previous book Saturday, 3pm, Daniel Gray captured many of them. Now he is back with a further 50 short essays of prose poetry dedicated to the game's charming, technicolour minutiae. From club lottos to undeserved wins, and from pitch-invading animals to the roar after a minute's silence, Extra Time is another romantic celebration of football fandom and its shared joys, habits, eccentricities and peculiarities. It is a salute to keepers going forward for corners, match balls landing on stand roofs and goals scored in quick succession. These chapters offer a gleeful antidote to disillusionment with modern football, VAR and all. They are reminders of why we care and justifications for our devotion. Each warmly evokes this sport's blessed capacity to offer escape and diversion. Let us share the delight once more.

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Author and historian Daniel Gray is the writer of Stramash and Homage
to
Caledonia
. For a short period in the early 1990s he was the
finest
left-back in his village, once marking Gordon Strachan's
youngest son
(the one who didn't become a footballer) out of the game.
A
Middlesbrough
supporter, Daniel began attending football matches in
1988 and has
never recovered. He has worked in a psychiatric
hospital, a
library and
in television and politics. He loves staring
out of train
windows and
lives in Leith with his wife and daughter.
Follow him on Twitter at @d_gray_writer.

Gray is a master of observing and amplifying the things we love about football but wonder if anyone else even notices
The Times

Gray writes like Lowry paints. Superb
BBC Radio

superbly illuminates the many joys of football
Late Tackle

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Soccer.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
160

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