Ken Ferris is either completely mad or a little bit fruity--but you've got to admire him for trudging around the country and setting the record for the shortest time taken to watch a football match at all of England's league grounds--all 92.
From September 1994 to May the following year the author--while still working full time--weaved his way around the country to 93 stadia (one of them being that of Scottish league side Berwick Rangers, which is south of the border), logging his travels and digging into the history of each.
His resulting book Football Fanatic makes for a fascinating read--not only does it reveal more about English stadia than any other book, but it does it by revealing interesting facts connected with some of the county's clubs which probably only their die-hard fans would know.
In an era when purpose-built all-seater grounds are becoming the trend for many of England's football teams, this book shows it is important to remember the character and history of many of the arenas that have sprung up all over the country over the past century and more.
Ferris' journey is a story well told, and in addition to being informative and factual it's downright entertaining too. A place in the record books was the reward for the author, and as well as this he has his unique memories which are shared brilliantly in Football Fanatic. --Andrea Thursday
"'Enjoyable, anecdote-packed and fact-riddled book...a compelling read...a wealth of trivia' Total Football Magazine 'A travelogue-cum-historical, anecdotal account of a manic cross-country odyssey' Sunday Telegraph 'Will appeal to fan, football widow and all those simply fascinated by obsessive behaviour. It is difficult not to find the author endearing' The Independent"
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