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Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans
By Paul Brown, Paperback, RRP £12.99 reader offer £9.99 with free UK delivery

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Savage Enthusiasm covers the complete history of watching football, from the very earliest days of the game, through golden ages and troubled times, through to the present day. Read the Evening Chronicle article about the book here.

Praise for Savage Enthusiasm:

“A very decent, impeccably sourced, primer on what has happened to fans down the ages” – When Saturday Comes

“An excellent read, rich in anecdotes and explanation” – Game of the People

“Predictably excellent… a breezy run through the fan’s experience and at its heart the notion of football’s irresistibility – why did the sport become such a behemoth, beloved by millions?” – The Two Unfortunates

From the cover:

Being a football fan is both a privilege and a burden. When you’re winning, it’s the best thing on Earth, and when you’re not, it’s the end of the world. And the thing about being a football fan is, whichever way fortune swings, you’re stuck with the game and your team for life. We’ve come to accept the great hold football has on us. But how did this happen? How did we become so entirely wrapped up in the game? How did we become football fans?

Savage Enthusiasm traces the evolution of the football fan from the sport’s earliest origins right up to the present day, exploring how football became the world’s most popular spectator sport, and why it became the undisputed game of the people. The history of the football fan is also a social history, a political history, a history of the media, and a history of the game itself. Primarily, though, it’s a history of people going out to watch their teams, win or lose, then going back again and again. It’s a celebration of watching football, dedicated to anyone who has ever had their heart gladdened or saddened by the game.

Praise for Paul Brown’s previous books:

All With Smiling Faces:

“A perfect Christmas gift… I loved it! NUFC + history = :)” – Ant McPartlin

“A fantastic book, which charts the club’s early years and meteoric rise in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.” – Evening Chronicle

The Victorian Football Miscellany:

“One of the greatest books ever written about football since Charlie Buchan put down his pen!” – Danny Baker

“Hugely entertaining.” – When Saturday Comes