In Praise Of… “The Football Grounds Of England & Wales”, by Simon Inglis

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Wurzel says:

    “Possibly the greatest football book ever written.”

    Agreed. I loved this book when It first came out. It gets better with every read. As sterile grounds pop up all over the country the lost character of football becomes even more apparent.

    Whilst it reviews empty grounds, Inglis still has the ability to bring each grounds unique atmosphere to life through the written word.

    The first time I read this it was a football and architecture book , then it was a nostalgia book, now it could be classed as social history. All in 25 short years.

    How the game has changed – and not necessarily for the better.

  2. No question that Simon’s book more than justifies the hyperbole. However, the book that made the biggest impact on me as a photographer of football grounds, and non-League football grounds in particular was Kerry Miller’s ‘The History of Non League Football Grounds’, without doubt the most thumbed volume on my bookshelf.

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