Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters: Travels through England's by Daniel Gray

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By Daniel Gray

Daniel grey is ready to show thirty. like all sane individual, his reaction is to trip to Luton, Crewe and Hinckley. After a decade's exile in Scotland, he units out to reacquaint himself with England through what he considers its maximum asset: football.

Watching groups from the Championship (or department as any right-minded individual calls it) to the South West Peninsula most popular, and aimlessly strolling round cities from Carlisle to Newquay, grey paints a curious panorama forgotten by means of many. He discovers how the provinces made the britain we all know, from Teesside's function within the Empire to Luton's in our mongrel DNA. Moments within the histories of his groups come jointly to shape football's narrative, beginning with Sheffield pioneers and finishing with fan possession at Chester, and grey indicates how the fashionable online game unifies an England in flux and dominates the locations during which it's played.

Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is a wry and affectionate ramble in the course of the marvelous cities and groups that make the rustic and trap its very essence. it truly is part-football publication, part-travelogue and part-love letter to the bits of britain that frequently get forgotten, celebrated right here in all their blessed eccentricity.

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