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Non League Football Under The Microscope

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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Note All clubs featured in this book will receive a complimentary copy from the publishers. Apparently, due to the demand from retailers, ‘Dugouts’ is currently being reprinted. This has delayed copies being sent out to clubs. Apologies, but I am assured that books will be dispatched early in the New Year. Thank you for your patience. DB

ISBN 1 84537 478 9
Price £7.99

Format 170 x 170 mm hardback
Extent 96 pages
Illustrations Over 80 full colour

New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.
Garfield House, 86-88 Edgware Road, London W2 2EA
Telephone: 020 7724 7773   Fax: 020 7724 6184

What the reviews have said so far:

‘A classy production... fine colour photographs and understated texts’. ‘It is perfectly possible for a book to be both silly and fascinating, and that is the combination here.’ (Daily Telegraph)
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‘A splendid offering’ (Mail on Sunday)

‘The author makes no attempt to conceal his affection for the subject under review, and therein lays the book’s considerable charm’ (Groundtastic)
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‘Fascinating... the result is one of pure genius’. ‘A unique collection of breathtaking images... some truly architectural gems are unearthed’ (Football Grounds In Focus)
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‘The most unusual sports book of the year... hugely absorbing.’ (Eastbourne Herald) 
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‘A delightful little book, a bench mark for the non-conforming.’ (Northern Echo)
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‘An exceptional book that deserves to be in any library’ (Square Football)
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‘Splendidly quirky... a treasure’ (Northern Ventures, Northern Gains: the Northern League magazine) 
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‘Like all the best gift books, the basic idea is bonkers’ (The Times) 
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‘A fabulous little number... will fascinate anyone with an interest in football or yen for unlikely buildings’ (Royal Institute of British Architects bookshop) 
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‘Forget this year’s must have football biographies – David Bauckham’s Dugouts is the only book on the beautiful game that you’ll need this winter!’  (Essex Football Association)

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Sample pages (click on image to view PDF file)

Magazine features (click on image to view PDF file)

Four Four Two
October 2006

11 Freunde
(German mag)
November 2006

Essex FA magazine (Winter 2006)
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Radio and TV

Click on the photograph (left) to listen to the author being interviewed by Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs on talkSPORT
(5 September 2006)

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A very short audio clip (18 secs, 289 Kb) taken from an interview for Sovereign Radio (Eastbourne & Hailsham, East Sussex) for insertion into news bulletins. Click on the logo to listen

News feature broadcast by Sky Sports News  on  21 September 2006 (2 min 56 sec) Click on logo to view (link to Google Video )

Interview with Neil Pringle, broadcast 28 September 2006 (3 min 34 sec, 3.27 Mb). Click on logo to listen

Foreword by Alan Curbishley
Notes From An Expert by Simon Inglis

From Aberford Albion to Wolverhampton Casuals, via Brodsworth Welfare and Hopesgate United, this book is a celebration of the dugouts that grace the pitches of football’s Non League clubs.

This humorous, yet in-depth collection of photographs takes a look at the quirky side of football, where teams play to small crowds on pitches that range from the picturesque to the downtrodden. The variety of styles and constructions demonstrate the social and geographical backdrop that the games are played under - as well as the sheer absurdities and subtleties that occur at the bottom of the football pyramid. But enjoy these splendid examples of the nation’s passion for football while you can. All too soon these ramshackle, yet unique structures may be lost to the practical uniformity of uPVC and FA regulations.

The Premiership clubs may have their ergonomically designed seats and heated dugouts, but at the other end of the game the managers and substitutes talk tactics and shelter under portable huts, leaky roofs, and crumbling walls - showing the true spirit of our glorious national game.

Dugouts contains more information that you ever realised there was to know about Non League dugouts. This book will appeal to die-hard fans of Non League football and football grounds enthusiasts, along with general football supporters.

With a Foreword by former Charlton Athletic Manager Alan Curbishley; and an Introduction by Simon Inglis, author of “Sightlines”, “The Football Grounds of Great Britain”, “Engineering Archie” and many more ...

Dugouts includes many photographs not previously included on the Pyramid Passion website, and is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.