Fact versus fiction

Posted on January 13, 2011


How football in literature succeeds as an escape from the realities of life
“Part of growing up is realising that Steeple Sinderby Wanderers can’t win the FA Cup. It’s why football fiction tends to be in the kids’ section of a bookshop. JL Carr’s 1974 novella How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup is a slightly dark and melancholic satire of the old ways of the English countryside, and a fairly prescient critique of media intrusion. As the village team reach Wembley, the Sinderby chairman tells a nation of rapt TV viewers: ‘The English are just what they always were – quiet, decent folk, saddled with parasites.’ Steeple Sinderby just about stands up today because it feels like a distant and charming relic, something forged in the England of JB Priestley, or even that of David Storey.” Buy here to read the full article

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