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He presents each programme to introduce both the match in question and the story going on in his life around that match (i.e., meeting '60s Manchester United great Denis Law as a kid, watching World Cup '78 on TV in a flat with a girl who spurns him, seeing Leeds United while establishing his working career there, etc.). Some chapters are great reads; others are not. Sort of like the difference between a 4-3 thriller in bright sunshine and a dreary 0-0 draw in the English rain.
I get why he collected programmes as that's something I did pre-Internet as a kid because where else could you get that sort of info? The anally retentiveness of buying more than one programme to every match he went to baffled me. He, of course, would keep one pristine and unmarked and mark team lineups in another . . . but what's the point after you become an adult?
I also am totally uninterested in matches at the English non-league level or New Zealand playing soccer at the national or league level. Though few, I just skipped those chapters after reading just one. Just a personal preference that this guy's life was not all that interesting to me and I was more into reading his thoughts on the soccer.
That's where this book goes off the rails. He goes into detail on many matches but I never got the feeling of the times, how play changed over the years or why he seemed curious about seeing soccer all over the place but never went to, what I would think are interesting grounds to see more interesting teams. I mean, why not a trip to Glasgow to see Celtic or Rangers? Liverpool? The London clubs? Even to the continent?
Anyway, loved the idea. Not sold on the execution or choice of "programmes."
His book is awesome, his sense of humour and the "way" of taking the funny and not so funny side of his interesting life comes through in 32 Programmes.
I laughed and cried...his journey of collecting sports programmes from a young collector to a mature hoarder and his story telling of his final 32 (from around 1300) is absolute genius.