32 Programmes

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Random House, Aug 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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When Dave Roberts relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is 'absolutely essential'. Packing his collection of football programmes (1,134 of them - football fans are sticklers for statistics), Dave is aghast to be informed that the programmes do not fall into that category. He must whittle down his treasured archive to only what will fit inside a Tupperware container the size of a Dan Brown hardback.

32 Programmes tells the story of how Dave made the selection of his most important programmes, and how the process brought back a flood of nostalgia for simpler times. As the sights, sounds and smells of those 1,134 football matches return, the choices Dave makes reflect the twists and turns that life takes. Finally, with just hours to go before the flight, the container is full to the brim. One more programme will be added to the collection - one that Dave never thought he would see and which means more to him than any other.

32 Programmes is the story of youthful football obsession, crushes on disinterested girls, rubbish jobs and trying to impress skinheads. But most of all, it is the story of a man's life and loves, of family, friends and football.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Fulham v Manchester United 5 September 1964
7
Crystal Palace v Manchester United 16 December 1972
85
Swindon Town v Bromley 20 November 1976
113
Argentina v Peru 21 June 1978
121
Plymouth Argyle v Swindon Town 16 September 1978
129
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
137
Leeds United v Liverpool 17 May 1979
147
Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 October 1981
199
Bury v Wigan Athletic 20 October 1981
207
Blackpool v Bury 4 November 1981
217
England v Hungary 18 November 1981
225
Manchester United v Manchester United 1977
235
Leeds United v Manchester United 3 April 1982
245
New Zealand v Watford 26 May 1982
255
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa 24 January 1987
265

Leeds United v Universitatea Craiova 7 November 1979
155
Chelsea v Northwich Victoria or Wigan Athletic
163
Plymouth Argyle v Carlisle United 6 September 1980
171
Burnley v Plymouth Argyle 20 December 1980
179
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur 14 May 1981
189
New Zealand v England 8 June 1991
275
Bromley v AFC Hornchurch 27 September 2008
285
Acknowledgements
295
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About the author (2011)

Dave Roberts has been one of those annoying bike couriers, a security guard, a Civil Servant, a KFC chef who was fired for trying to steal a sample of the secret recipe, and a train driver - all before reaching the age of twenty. After that, he settled for a career in advertising, which was eventually cut short by illness, but not before accidentally winning a Silver Lion at Cannes. He now writes books, which all seem to have a theme in common: obsession ...

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