Favourite Shirts! Tell us yours and win ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’

We have a copy of ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’ up for grabs in our new competition…

shirt tales cover

All you have to do is email: garysilke@sky.com  and tell us what your all-time favourite football shirt is.
You can (ahem) embroider your answer with a reason if you want.
Everyone who emails (please put ‘Favourite Shirt’ in the heading) will have their name put into the big ‘Got, Not Got’ blue and white bobble hat and a winner will be picked at random.

Cheers!

Meanwhile, the little robots at Amazon have at last reduced the price of our critically acclaimed follow up to ‘Got, Not Got’ – ‘The Lost World of Football’. So get yourself a bargain here.

lwof bottom

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strictly Impartial Book of the Month Club

‘Tis almost the season of stocking fillers and Secret Santas, so to kick of the preparations here’s our Strictly Impartial Book of the Month Club: guaranteed no celeb player biogs here!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx copy

As the definitive story of the genius concept/trainwreck of the North American Soccer League, Ian Plenderleith’s Rock ‘n Roll Soccer is obsessively detailed, hilarious and subtly mindblowing – a revolutionary revision of history based entirely on original research and interviews with a litany of movers, shakers and ex-players.

This is obviously one of the best football books for years, moving way beyond the standard jokey cliches of the NASL – the fat old pros in cowboy-fringed shirts, the rule-tampering, the cheerleaders – to reveal the nascent American league of the 70s and 80s as nothing less than a blueprint for our own ‘modern’ game.

That’s right: everything we sniggered about back then is now pushed into our cheery upturned faces week on week, rebranded as the ‘Premier’ League. Ha ha ha ha: three points for a win, names on jerseys, squad numbers, an avalanche of stats, multi subs, no backpasses, female-friendliness and bullshit marketing by the agency-load. The difference is, the NASL was experimental, innovative and creative.

Don’t worry, this is far more than merely enlightening and entertaining; there are plenty of anorak rock ‘n’ roll parallels and arsey jokes, too.

What else is dead good? Well, how about the story of Leeds fan Gary Edwards who hasn’t missed a United first-team match anywhere in the world since 1968? Could this be the next football book to cross over into mainstream culture? Oh, I say: it’s a rollercoaster ride (in a hearse called Doombuggy) of aggro, filth, heartbreak, tragedy, decorating, Yarksher humour, righteousness and getting cheated out of the European Cup. Blimey, we don’t half wish we owned the film rights.

What else? Shirt Tales & Short Stories is the best of the Got, Not Got books so far. Why? Because it’s so delightfully simple. Like old football kits? Succumb, and your Christmas morning will be ruined by shirt-based parlour games. Which player’s face do you see wearing this Admiral Man U 1977 Cup Final shirt? We’ll see your Stuart Pearson and raise you Gordon Hill. What’s your favourite? How can anybody’s favourite kit be a bleedin’ Watford kit? We’ve been there already, see.

Finally, as in all good bookshops, the Specialist section. The books for aficionados with unusual pecadilloes. Whatever one of them is. In short (or indeed shirt), Arsenal fans will be needing Simon Shakeshaft’s lavish coffee table tome to supplement Shirt Tales which doesn’t get beyond the controversial all red of the 60s, the bruised banana, the golf-course myth, the Charlie George classic, the weird Charlie Nicholas with the funny collar and the Cup Final cannonball saga.

Meanwhile, Cov fans will be crying out for brown kit, 1987, cartoon elephant cuddly toys, original electronic scoreboards, pop ‘n’ crisp days and the return of Jimmy Hill this Xmas – all readily available in this truly special addition to the GNG stable. Just guess how many Girl of the Match progs there are lined up for your Sky Blue advent calendar…

To get hold of a copy of ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Coventry City’ and
‘Shirt Tales and Short Stories’ from Amazon click on the covers below…

shirt tales cover thumbcov cover thumb

Posted in arsenal, books, christmas, coventry city, football kit, leeds united, nasl | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Good to see your books arriving!

Retro-football fans the nation over are receiving their latest ‘Got, Not Got’ titles through the post… 

sleeves cover

The Football Attic ‏@FootballAttic Tweeted:

“Arrived today! The latest books from @GotNotGot featuring lots of Rich’s Cov memorabilia.”

cov shirts a

Facebook page: Those Were The Days AMF said: “More treasure, I love Fridays, brill.”

cov shirts b

To get hold of a copy of ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Coventry City’ and
‘Shirt Tales and Short Stories’ from Amazon click on the covers below…

shirt tales cover thumbcov cover thumb

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Shirt Tales and Short Stories’ now available on Amazon

The latest title in the ‘Got, Not Got’ series, on the subject of football kits, is now available on Amazon…

shirt tales amend

Join us on a trip through the golden age of football strips, in the days before kits were routinely changed every year and you had time to love them…

Click on the cover to order from Amazon…

shirt tales cover thumb

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Win a copy of ‘Got, Not Got: Derby County’ in our Rams competition

Two copies of ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Derby County’ are up for grabs in our new competition…

derby quiz cover

All you have to do is answer the questions correctly and the winning entry will be drawn out of a big black and white bobble hat.

Send your entries to: garysilke@sky.com
The closing date is a week from now Friday 17th October. Good luck…

1. Who was the Rams’ first ever substitute, in August 1965?

2. Which ‘new-signing’ was paraded around the Baseball Ground in 1972 – although he never became a Derby player?

3. Where were the Derby players when they it was confirmed that they had won the 1974-75 League title?

4. The picture round – name these five players…

derby quiz cards

Our club editions are all available on Amazon… NOW!

titles

LEEDS UNITED   MANCHESTER UNITED   WEST HAM UNITED

DERBY COUNTY   MANCHESTER CITY   WHAT A SHOT!

NORWICH CITY   LIVERPOOL

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Admirable Admiral Window Stickers

You wait years for a decent window sticker and then three come along at once…

admiral window stickers

Aberdeen, Leeds and Wales Admiral kits circa 1977.

Hopefully not too late to go into our new book: “Shirt Tales and Shorts Stories’, which is having its finishing touches applied right now.

Must crack on…

titles

All available on Amazon… NOW!

LEEDS UNITED   MANCHESTER UNITED   WEST HAM UNITED

DERBY COUNTY   MANCHESTER CITY   WHAT A SHOT!

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Two new titles in the ‘Got, Not Got’ club series released…

We are pleased to announce that two new titles in our series of ‘Got, Not Got’ club editions have been released…

liverpool and norwich

The Lost World of Liverpool and Norwich City are now available on Amazon and you can buy them by clicking here LIVERPOOL and here NORWICH

Please let us know what you think, and also send us photos of the books in their new homes… email: garysilke@sky.com

titles

LEEDS UNITED   MANCHESTER UNITED   WEST HAM UNITED

DERBY COUNTY   MANCHESTER CITY   WHAT A SHOT!

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment