We’re surprised and delighted to announce that ‘Got, Not Got’ has been nominated for the BSBA Football Book of the Year award by a Football Writers’ Association panel.
Earlier today the nominations in the Football Book category were made public by British Sports Book Awards, the other five short-listed contenders including ‘A Life Too Short’ about tragic German goalie Robert Enke, ‘The Management: Scotland’s Great Football Bosses’, ‘The Smell of Football’ by one-time comedy Birmingham City stopper Baz Rathbone, Paul Lake autobio ‘I’m Not Really Here’ and football journalist Ian Ridley’s ‘There’s a Golden Sky’, about the Prem’s 20th birthday celebrations.
“We were genuinely surprised and delighted to be nominated for the BSBA Football Book of the Year,” Mr. Gary Silke told award-winning footer website In Bed With Maradona, “especially as we are relatively new to producing football books. Can anyone lend Derek a dinner jacket?”
“Not to be outdone, Mr. Derek Hammond apparently told the Leicester Mercury he was “chuffed to bits” at being put forward for such a prestigious award. “It’s a great honour, especially after publisher after publisher said it wouldn’t work. For such an obvious idea, it’s actually quite unique.”
Subtitled ‘The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures’, the book is large and colourful with lots of chunks of old memorabilia and moaning about the modern game. It reflects comically on the lost innocence of childhood and football both, highlighting 250 aspects of the game which have gone missing in the past 20 or 30 years – which Gary and Derek are now lobbying the FA and Premier League to start replacing, one at at a time.
Perhaps now they’ll bring back slopy mudbaths and boiled burgers, at least.
Check out the rosy future of football right here – and all for the price of a round of drinks.