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The Man Behind the Goal

And other short stories by Brian Glanville


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The Man Behind The Goal is a new collection that brings together the best short stories, many out of print for a while, by the acclaimed football writer Brian Glanville. The subjects include embittered managers raging against their foes, the shady world of the hanger-on, bewildering transfer negotiations in Italy and the coaching theories of eccentric amateurs.

As Harry Pearson writes in the introduction: “Most are set in the Britain of my childhood, a slightly seedy place of mist and dampness… This is a world of players named Jimmy and Ron, agents who lived above suburban sweet shops, wild nights of light ale that end when the pubs shut at 11… Sympathy is with the losers, however ill-suited for it they may at first appear.”

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