I am delighted with the very positive reviews of my latest book, What You Think You Know About Football is Wrong: The Global Game’s Greatest Myths and Untruths, published by Bloomsbury. Many thanks indeed to all those who have taken the time to write reviews.
The book is available from all good book sellers, including Amazon:
There is also an audio version on Audible!
I thought it was time to reflect on the reviews I have seen so far, all in one place! While I am very pleased and grateful for them all, I particularly enjoyed the phrases:
“If there could be a soccer book that’s a “beach read,” this is it.”
“the fabulous starting point and source of debate for fans as they travel to and from games, or indeed pre and post-match with a pint.”
“A great book to dip into with a cup of tea!”
And from Paul Trevillion: “Every football home should have a copy!!!”
Reviews to date:
“A delightful, entertaining and easy read that can add new elements to old soccer debates….. If there could be a soccer book that’s a “beach read,” this is it.”
“Packed with fascinating nuggets of football history combined with insights as to why much of football’s perceived wisdom is nonsense. A great book to dip into with a cup of tea!”
“This is a book which peels back the skin of some football’s most beloved stories and reveals them to be just that: stories. But more than that, ‘What You Think You Know About Football Is Wrong’ is a masterful exploration of the uses and abuses of football history which displays both a great knowledge and a deep love of the game.’
Tony Collins, Emeritus Professor of History at De Montfort University
“The former director of the National Football Museum Kevin Moore has produced a challenging and revelatory new book which debunks many of the myths and assumptions about football.”
“In 50 short chapters Moore shatters many of the strongly held beliefs of football fans. His entertaining commentary is generally supported with hard facts and statistics He zips through the long list of revelations and we have to reassess many of our own assumptions.”
“That’s what is so good about this book as it challenges many of those long held and preconceived beliefs about football. It would be a worthwhile addition to any football fan’s library.”
Ian Aspinall, latetacklemagazine.com
“What You Think You Know About Football is Wrong: The Global Game’s Greatest Myths and Untruths, is a wonderful pocket-sized compendium which pulls no punches in debunking fifty of football’s ‘facts’ that have become down the years entwinned as ‘truths’ by the media, fans and the like.
Overall, it is a real pick-up, put-down book, one intended to, and without doubt succeeds in, creating discussion which can be the fabulous starting point and source of debate for fans as they travel to and from games, or indeed pre and post-match with a pint.”
“Kevin Moore …knows his football and has published this short, entertaining book aimed at the fan and the general reader, but there will be few scholars who will not learn something from his engaging, iconoclastic demolition of many cherished beliefs about the game.”
Roy Hay, Deakin University & Sports and Editorial Services Australia in Soccer and Society
“It was a good change of pace to not have an author bend over backwards to justify a position. Dr Moore’s style of making his argument and succinctly explaining why made for a quick, good read.”
“Written by Kevin Moore, the founding director of the National Football Museum (the world’s leading football museum), this thoroughly researched and authoritative book debunks 50 of the greatest myths surrounding football.
While it’s backed up by the highest level of academic research, it’s written in an accessible style, that makes it a decent quick read.”
“Just the book for footy fans to buy and read so they can use Moore’s material to tell their soccer friends that their cherished beliefs are nearly all wrong. The book for one-upmanship for Father’s Day.”
“Now if you’re going to title your book with such a bold declaration you better know your football. Well thankfully that’s not an issue when you learn the author of this fascinating book is a world-respected football historian.
Such a distinguished CV is evident to see as he debunks many of the game’s myths in this tremendous pocket-sized book.
The attention to detail and sheer variety of the 50 myths exposed make for an entertaining read. Alongside uncovering these untruths, the reader is provided a thorough history lesson. The author goes from past, to present and interestingly, into the future.
Ultimately the title of this book is correct. I was wrong. And I actually enjoyed being told so!”
“Every football home should have a copy!!!”