I’ve recently finished reading what for me is most definitely the football book of the year. 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts is a fascinating & evocative tale of love, life and obsession. When the author relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is ‘absolutely essential’. Packing his collection of 1000+ (1,134 to be precise - football fans are sticklers for statistics) football programmes he is aghast to be informed that the programmes do not fall into that category. He must whittle down his treasured archive to just 32 programmes, the amount that will fit into a paperback sized plastic container.
I am honoured to say that the author of this wonderful book has agreed to write one more chapter for the book, on the programme that almost made it .. but not quite. Over to Dave as he takes up the tale of programme 33 ..
I am currently doing some research for an article about Sheffield United overseas tours. As I was flicking through an old Blades matchday programme from the 1966/67 season I came across an article about the Sheffield United tour of Mexico and South America that club undertook at the end of the 1965/66 season. This snippet of information caught my eye ..
FIGHT THE FLOP - SAVE THE GAME
There’s something about football that brings out the eccentric side of people and makes them do crazy things all for the love of the game.