Crying foul! Sports writing and the critical faculty

As someone who writes about sport both historically and occasionally contemporaneously, I am always on the lookout for books that offer a different angle on sport or some aspect of it. We are no longer in the place that Ian Hamilton found himself back in 1992 when introducing The Faber Book of Soccer, which he edited and could write in it:

‘Thinking’ books about soccer, it is said, have no market because soccer fans don’t think. But soccer fans do think, and all the recent signs are that lots of them are getting fed up with the yob label.

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