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Hugging Strangers: The Frequent Lows and Occasional Highs of Football Fandom [9781785316654]

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What is it like to follow one of English football's perennial non-achievers?

Hugging Strangers is a celebration of what it means to support your club through thick and thin. It speaks to all who love the game but are lumbered - by way of family, geography or plain bad luck - with a team whose glory days are few and far between.

At the end of the 1963/64 season Birmingham City stayed in the first division by winning on the last day of the campaign.

In the 55 years that followed, the Blues kept either survival or promotion for the final fixture on a further 12 occasions. Stir in nine relegations, eight promotions, along with play-off failures and embarrassing exits from cup competitions and you'll have an idea of what it means to be a Blues fan.

But you don't have to be a Birmingham fan to enjoy this book.

This light-hearted collection of tales from a lifelong, hopeless football addict will strike a chord with anyone who has asked themselves quite why they allow this simple game to assume such importance in their lives.

AUTHOR: This is Jon Berry's first book exclusively about football, although there are chapters in Boomeranting that deal with his attachment to Birmingham City and his own playing 'career'. He has written three books about education and teaching and is a regular contributor to the educational press. He writes a regular blog on politics and current affairs, squeezing in football wherever he can.

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27-Jul-2020
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256
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