Football used to be better in the past - and here's the proof. Got, Not Got focuses on British football's apparent lost Utopia of the '60s, '70s and '80s - the fondly remembered 'Golden Age' of mudbaths and cloggers, of miniature, carpet-level games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. It evokes the feel and smell of football past, its rituals and relics. But there's more to the agreeably grumpy authors' vision than a hilarious, heartstring-tugging celebration of everything we miss in modern football. Here are hundreds of beautiful images of a lost football culture, pin-sharp observations and memories shared by generations of fans - in all, an ideal blueprint to help restore the game to its former glories! This Aladdin's cave of memorabilia brings back the magic of league ladders and dogs on the pitch, sock tags and the magic sponge - and was runner-up in the BSBA Book of the Year Awards 2012.
Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 1070 g
Dimensions: 303 x 216 x 18 mm
Shortlisted for the Best Football Book at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards; "The best book about football written in the last 20 years." - Bill Borrows, Esquire; "A veritable Dundee cake of a book." - Danny Kelly, talkSPORT; "Recalling a more innocent time before Sky Sports and millionaire players, Got, Not Got is a long soak in a warm, nostalgic bath of football nostalgia: an A-Z of memorabilia, ephemera and ill-advised haircuts." - In Demand, Mail on Sunday Live magazine; "This memorabilia fest is a delightful reminder of what's gone from the game: 'magic sponges', Subbuteo and, er, magazines for shinpads. Such innocent times, eh?" - FourFourTwo; "The real magic is the collection and display of the illustrative material of stickers, badges, programme covers, Subbuteo figures and other ephemera. It is astonishingly thorough, well-presented, inspired and indeed had me going, 'yes, got, got, not got, forgot, never seen'." - When Saturday Comes; "The book's great fun. It's an essential if you grew up watching football in the 60s, 70s or 80s." - Paul Hawksbee, TalkSPORT; "Obviously, everybody over the age of 40 is going to absolutely love this. There's something for every fan of every club." - Andy Jacobs, TalkSPORT; "It is a work of genius, I cannot state this too highly. The most brilliant book I've opened in a long, long time." - Monica Winfield, BBC Radio Leicester; "A cracking book which whisks you back to a different footballing era." - Brian Reade, Mirror Football columnist; "I've had this for a month but haven't got round to reviewing it because it keeps disappearing. It's the sign of a good book that people repeatedly pick it up and walk away with it. A hardback collection of vintage football memorabilia that you need in your life... It's like finding your old football stickers." - James Brown, SabotageTimes.com; "No. 339: The book Got, Not Got." - 500 Reasons To Love Football blog; "I can guarantee that virtually anybody who flicks open this magnificent book will immediately want to have it. Whatever you have loved about our game, it will almost certainly be buried within this lavish trove of treasure." - Winger: The Review of British Football; "The perfect stocking filler for Christmas." - Mike Lawrence, BBC Radio London; "It's a beauty. An absolute must-have for all you nostalgia junkies out there. Wonderful articles and evocative images and above all lots of fun, Got, Not Got has it all. Treat yourself or your football-mad relatives to one of the best football books around." - Footysphere.com; "It's a real table thumper with some weight to it, great pictures and some terrific writing. Bathe in a sea of nostalgia and rail against the fact that these things aren't there anymore." - Nick Godwin, BBC Radio London; "It's an absolute beauty." - Adrian Goldberg, BBC Radio WM.; "A fantastic book, there's just so much in it. You really should get it." - Steve Anglesey, Mirror Football podcast; "It focuses on the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and anyone who had anything to do with English football during this period will instantly relate to just about every page. I'm sure that you will both laugh and cry as the memories come flooding back." - Nigel Mercer, Football Card Webspace; "The best dose of retro football nostalgia ever. I can't put it down!" - footballcardsuk.com; "It is far more enjoyable to think about football in times past, and it is a seam that is tapped so richly by authors Derek Hammond and Gary Silke, who have written a wonderful A to Z of lost football culture, treasure and pleasures." - The Blackpool Gazette; "These two authors fully deserve to be recognised as the leading writers and historians of British football nostalgia for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s." - RetroUnited.com; "A book exploring the lost culture of the game when pitches were mudbaths, managers wore sheepskin coats and players were too embarrassed to dive - a bygone age that seems a far cry from the profit-driven game today played in the main by overpaid primadonnas." - Paul Suart, Birmingham Evening Mail; "Got, Not Got is wonderful. I'm feeling quite emotional leafing through it!" - Nick Alatti, The Bridge 102.5FM in the Black Country