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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club gets stuck into the true classics of the literary world - footballers' autobiographies.Every week, our book club of comedy writers shun classic prose for ex-pros by reading another obscure footballer's autobiography. Perfect for those who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.As recommended by The Athletic, BBC Five Live and The Sunday Post. Named one of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. Described as “pretty funny” by Darren Huckerby.

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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club gets stuck into the true classics of the literary world - footballers' autobiographies.Every week, our book club of comedy writers shun classic prose for ex-pros by reading another obscure footballer's autobiography. Perfect for those who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.As recommended by The Athletic, BBC Five Live and The Sunday Post. Named one of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. Described as “pretty funny” by Darren Huckerby.

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The Football Book Club

Latest release on Nov 30, 2020

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Rank #1: Behind Closed Doors - Marcus Hahnemann's 'Premiership Diary'

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It's the final Behind Closed Doors special and this week we treated ourselves to something a little different - a diary written by the Bridget Jones of ex-Reading goalkeepers, US legend Marcus Hahnemann. Written during Reading's first season in the Premier League in 2006, we find out Marcus's views on Leroy Lita's music taste, facial hair, Costco and the band Tool (we find this out a lot). Plus Ken's back with a new song, we go on Peter Reid watch, Ibrahima Sonko takes his top off a lot and we find out if the big American can be crowned the winner of the Behind Closed Doors mini-series.

Apr 20 2020

53mins

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Rank #2: Behind Closed Doors - Lorenzo Amoruso's 'LA Confidential'

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This week behind closed doors, lockdown has flown by thanks to Rangers legend and bona fide hunk Lorenzo Amoruso's exceptionally titled 'LA Confidential'. Set in 2002, after being stripped of the Rangers captaincy, in the space of 247 pages Lorenzo falls in love with Glasgow, meets a ghost, gets addicted to Baileys and doesn't buy his girlfriend yoghurt. Plus Ken's back with another song, Glenn Roeder's space in the Hall of Shame is filled threefold and Dick Advocaat disrespects Lorenzo's massive thighs.

Apr 13 2020

46mins

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Rank #3: Behind Closed Doors - Kevin Phillips's 'Strikingly Different'

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Still on lockdown, still reading obscure football autobiographies. This week The Football Book Club read Kevin Phillips's very premature, 2000 autobiography 'Strikingly Different'. Featuring Kevin breaking records and winning the European Golden Shoe at Sunderland, his thoughts on Emmerdale farm, a local coach firm and the band Republica, and DJing powerhouse Danny Dichio. Plus Ken's back with another chant and we read this week's dramatic reading 'Jody Craddock Moves A Barstool'.

Apr 06 2020

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Rank #4: Behind Closed Doors - Shaun Goater's 'Feed The Goat'

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The Football Book Club are stranded hundreds of miles apart, but quarantine (and questionable sound quality) won't stop them from doing what they were put on this earth to do - read increasingly obscure football autobiographies. Today, the book club meet remotely to read Manchester City legend Shaun Goater's 2007 novella 'Feed The Goat'. Featuring Shaun on Kevin Keegan, modelling in Rotherham, Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories and, of course, goats. Plus Ken's back with another song and at one point Bristol is described as 'the closest thing to Bermuda there is'.

Mar 30 2020

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Rank #5: Specials 2 - Perry Groves's 'We All Live In A Perry Groves World' ft Perry Groves

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We've read a lot of books over the series. However, importantly, we have always been several hundred miles away from the author. But not today! In this extra special episode recorded at The Notley's Golf Club in Essex, we read Arsenal and Talksport legend Perry Groves's autobiography 'We All Live In A Perry Groves world' with Perry himself! Featuring brilliant stories about title triumphs, spraying each other with ketchup, Paul Merson, cats and Ander Limpar's horrible, horrible pranks. Plus Perry plays the game 'Real autobiography or fake autobiography' - is Alan Hansen's 'Mm Kop!' a real book? Find out now!

Mar 23 2020

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Rank #6: Christmas Special - Graeme Souness's 'Football: My Life, My Passion'

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It's Christmas! And to celebrate, The Football Book Club are foregoing obscurity to read a book written by the most cheerful and festive man in the world - Captain Christmas himself, Graeme Souness.

We spent December getting stuck into Graeme's 2017 goodwill extravaganza 'Football: My Life, My Passion' and, like the Three Kings brought gifts to the manger, we bring you Graeme throwing a pickaxe at his neighbour, a rant about sandwiches and even a muscular Peter Beardsley.

Plus there's a Christmassy Ken's song, some Kieron Dyer themed carol singing and we find out if Glenn Roeder finally picked up his Christmas tree...

Merry Christmas!

Dec 23 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: Episode 6 Part Two - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

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The long-awaited conclusion to The Football Book Club does 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' is here! What's next for The Three Amigos - Jason McAteer, Phil Babb and Gary Kelly? How many times will Jason use the word 'arse'? And, most importantly, will 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' be crowned the best book of Football Book Club Series One???
Plus a dramatic reading involving Jason McAteer and a huge battered fish, and we find out who joins Glenn Roeder and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 'The Hall of Shame'.
Jason McAteer HIMSELF 'Cried laughing' at Part One. And if that isn't enough to make you listen, we don't know what is.
WARNING: In the second half of this episode we talk about mental health and suicidal thoughts, as discussed in the book. If you find this subject difficult to listen to you can skip forward around six minutes at the time to avoid this part.

Dec 02 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: Episode 6 Part One - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

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It's the last - and by far the longest - book of the series which means one thing... a two-parter! In part one, the book club read the first half of Jason's 2016 epic, taking him from Birkenhead to Bolton Wanderers to USA '94. Featuring Zig and Zag, Jason's liquorice house and a VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE from the world's greatest Norwich City chant writer. Plus Jason and Phil Babb getting chased around Dublin by screaming teenagers. Can it live up to its incredible title? We find out!

Nov 25 2019

42mins

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Rank #9: Episode 5 - Jermaine Pennant's 'Mental'

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Five books in and the Football Book Club face their toughest challenge yet - Jermaine Pennant's explosive 2018 novel 'Mental'. As Jermaine charts his journey from wonderkid to Champions League finalist to Billericay Town, the book club discuss Jermaine's lack of respect for Girls Aloud, James almost driving into Mido and a very naked Tony Pulis. Plus we set the record straight with Glenn Roeder and play the all new game 'What Would Jermaine Pennant Do?'

Nov 18 2019

52mins

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Rank #10: Episode 4 - Garry Monk's 'Loud, Proud and Positive'

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This week The Football Book Club read 2012's very confusingly titled 'Loud, Proud And Positive' by legendary Swansea City captain and manager Garry Monk. We join Garry on a miraculous journey from League Two to the Premier League, stopping off along the way for Lee Trundle doing stand up, something called Linchicken and a brand new game where we ask 'Who said it? Garry Monk? Or Bruno Mars?' PLUS a dramatic reading involving Garry, a headbutt and a tray of sandwiches.

Nov 11 2019

52mins

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