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Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold its Soul

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Jumpers For Goalposts is a fascinating reflection on the history of British soccer, which examines why the charm, innocence, and good humor has disappeared from today's game, compared to the golden days of yesteryear. Smyth considers everything from the huge wage bills, to players' lack of loyalty to their clubs, and their escapades off the pitch. He concludes that the tru ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Elliott & Thompson
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Matthew Gaughan
There's much about contemporary football I don't like and it's all listed and attacked here - avarice, commercialism, exorbitant transfer fees and wages, ticket prices, clubs taking advantage of the fans, media sensationalism, and FIFA - but I found myself irritated by the book's excessive nostalgia for a past that didn't exist, when footballers and the fans were working-class heroes, ignoring match fixing, bungs, and hooliganism; when a player was loyal to the club and the fans, but only becaus ...more
Gordon Wilson
When I started reading this I thought it might turn out to be a sort of "Grumpy Old Men on Football" style book, reminiscing about how things were better "...when I were a lad...".

I was wrong, not completely, but this is not a Clarkson-esque tirade against modern football. It is a very well thought out and reasoned discussion on how the game has been robbed of that magic that turned us all onto the game in the first place. Also quite clearly stating that this focus on money is not a new thing !
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I always smile when I read books that complain that football has changed for the worse that it is not like the old days. In the old days we had ramshakle stadia, crap food, violence on and off the pitch, deaths and people turning away from football. You could rock up to a ground pay at the gate and gain entry some of those even turned up at Old Trafford but then they always had the glory hunting tourist fans well worth punching on derby day. I under
Despite the occasional typographical error, Smyth and Turner's work on the plague of considering sport solely as a business, one in which not only the club, but also the players and public are viewed as commodities is a good introduction, much as Eight Men Out is to addressing players' wages as a proportion of a club's income and Moneyball is into addressing financial inequalities between teams in the same league, into what is wrong presently in football and what can be done to address the situa ...more
Derek Bell
Not one for the fully kitted out, fully sky subscribed, premier league obsessed modern day football junkie listening to every phone in and with the base position of outrage at every decision that goes against their team. Not for the sort of fan who thinks football began with the EPL and Champions league, with wall to wall tv coverage and all an all encompassing media frenzy. If you think Tim Lovejoy is a knowledgeable football wit and afficiando, if you think Jim White the apogee of football jou ...more
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Ralf Scrampton
Very disappointing. Though there is much to criticise about modern football this book is mostly just about how great football was when the writer 'were a lad'. Except he glosses over the fact that it actually mostly wasn't.
Dipa  Raditya
Don't call yourself a football fan if you haven't read this book. It is a full package of great historical narratives , notorious hard-men of football wrapped up with a nice reading experience. Enjoy the soul of football while it lasts.
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