Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans

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Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans
By Paul Brown
Paperback, ISBN 9780956227058
Released 7 September 2017

My new book, Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans, is now available to pre-order. The book explores the complete history of watching football, from the very earliest days of the game, through golden ages and troubled times, through to the present day. It’s published on 7 September 2017.

From the cover:
“Being a football fan is both a privilege and a burden. When you’re winning, it’s the best thing on Earth, and when you’re not, it’s the end of the world. And the thing about being a football fan is, whichever way fortune swings, you’re stuck with the game and your team for life. We’ve come to accept the great hold football has on us. But how did this happen? How did we become so entirely wrapped up in the game? How did we become football fans?

Savage Enthusiasm traces the evolution of the football fan from the sport’s earliest origins right up to the present day, exploring how football became the world’s most popular spectator sport, and why it became the undisputed game of the people. The history of the football fan is also a social history, a political history, a history of the media, and a history of the game itself. Primarily, though, it’s a history of people going out to watch their teams, win or lose, then going back again and again. It’s a celebration of watching football, dedicated to anyone who has ever had their heart gladdened or saddened by the game.”

Product details:
Published: 7 September 2017
Publisher: Goal Post
ISBN: 9780995541221
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
RRP: £12.99

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Paul Brown

Hello. I am a writer called Paul Brown. This is my website. It's basically a portfolio of recent work, plus an outlet to post quick pieces and plug my books. I write about football history, extraordinary true stories, and all kinds of other stuff. For more info please see my about page or contact me.