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Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ...then you're probably not a football fan, years of underachievement, an heroic sense of injustice, and a seemingly infinite capacity for self-destruction. John Crace and Spurs were made for each other. But then the team started to play like possible champions. For most fans, these are the glory moments they ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Constable & Robinson
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Generally this book is about one Spurs fan and how as a pessimist he couldn't handle the season of 2010/11 because he never expected them to a) get into the Champions League and b) to get so far. He's obsessed with them and collects every little bit of football memorabilia concerning the team that he can get his hands on. However, he thrives more on the comfort of knowing that they're going to fail so the whole Champions League thing comes as quite a shock to the system for him. As I said, it's ...more
David Levy
Jun 23, 2013 David Levy rated it it was ok
Much like so many Spurs games, this was strangely unsatisfying, and I found myself wishing to leave 10 minutes before the end.

Crace's story is not an unusual one; he, a middle aged man clinging to a child-like obsession with football. No trip to foreign shores is too far, no paraphernalia or merchandise too insignificant.

The book, like so many players who have pulled on the famous white shirt, is inconsistent; uneven, and without focus, drive or purpose. Crace dots between an insight-less commen
Steve Parcell
Mar 25, 2015 Steve Parcell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tottenham fans specifically
Shelves: football
I finished this in 5 days which gives the impression it was a brilliant book. But it wasn't. It was entertaining enough. However John Crace whilst undoubtedly being a passionate Spurs fan myself comes across as initially eccentric then damn annoying. As a result he does tend to ramble on a bit and lack any real footballing knowledge.
I was initially excited to read the book as I remember the period when we looked very good under Redknapp. But it is more about him than the team so you become less
Matti Karjalainen
John Cracen "Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success" (Constable, 2011) on tutkimusmatka Tottenham-kannattajan sielunelämään. Crace peilaa kirjassaan omaa suhdettaan Spursiin, joukkueeseen jonka kannattaminen on yhtä nautinnollista kuin tuskallistakin. Tapahtumat sijoittuvat kaudelle 2010-2011, jolloin Tottenham pääsi ensimmäistä kertaa mukaan Mestareiden liigaan.

Crace ei kirjoita vain jalkapallosta, vaan tulee samalla käsitelleeksi myös masennusjaksoja, suhdetta perheeseensä ja ystäviinsä,
Mar 20, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it
Let's call it 3.25 stars out of the 5 (i'm happy to give it a round-up bump for purely sentimental reasons). Though not at all the best or most skilled worker of language and syntax, Crace does put the reader through a funny, honest, quirky, and ultimately quick season in the life of a die-hard, long-haul sports fan who's unable to digest and/or cope with his perennial also-ran team appearing to finally rise above their station and reach for the glory that so cruelly continues to elude them. A ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well written and funny insight into a fan's year of supporting Spurs: just how far will a season ticket holder go? 2010/11 included their dalliance with the Champions League, Bale's second half hat-trick at Inter Milan, Gomez in goal, Hud the Thud and Harry Redknapp. A good read no matter what team you support.
Nov 02, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
This book made me laugh out loud at times. I have found myself in the same situations, experiencing the same range of emotions in a 90 minute period whilst engaging in the same conversations with friend. I think this is a great read for any football fan. Let's face it, our clubs put us through the mill, week in and week. That said, we love them!
Dec 23, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
Not a Spurs fan, but a great read nonetheless... For anyone who has a special, and most likely onesided relationship with a football club, this book is for you.
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