Simply brilliant. Have been a fan of Squires weekly Guardian cartoons so was very pleased to discover this book of all new strips covering key events from the history of football. If you cross Steve Bell, Giles Smith and When Saturday Comes this is probably what you get. A wicked sense of humour an economy of style that combines beautifully to expose the joys and absurdity of the beautiful game.
Simply wonderful. David Squires is not only a fantastic cartoonist but is also funnier than that time Geoff Thomas was clean through on goal for England and his shot nearly hit the corner flag. Hundreds of laughs in here, along with some genuinely touching moments, this book is full of heart and humour, and is a must for any football fan. Check out his regular pieces in The Guardian if you want more proof that this man is one of the finest and funniest cartoonists working today.
This guy gets it, he seems to find the culturally signific elements of the beautiful game we all love or love to hate.
The illustrations are oddly realistic and evoke memories of events and the writing is really engaging. Like your clever mate isn't such a blowhard about stuff you enjoy but pretend not to just so he doesn't lord it over you :-)
Completely amazing cartoons with beautiful insight as to the how, why, when & wow. These illustrations, along with the descriptive introduction to each section provide the most illuminating read to anyone who has grown up with football & has a interest, sympathetic or otherwise, to the mechanics that have created the 'game of billions'. From the idea of its very inception to the corruption, fair play and penalty disputes we all enjoy today. Understanding the formation of the game has never been so much fun :)
I bought this book on the strength of the authors occasional pieces in the Guardian. A delightfully irreverent look at football through the ages. The strips are beautifully drawn and the accompanying text is funny and occasionally moving. His recent piece on Graham Taylor a good example. Anyone who is a bit tired otherwise of the hyperbole of the peoples game should give it a go. Great book
Great Book. I am a first time father, and was given this at Christmas, when I was supposed to be reading a book on how to be a good dad. I glanced at a few pages of this, then I had to finish it before going back to my dad book. Was not disappointed, apart from when it finished.