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This is the story of football as it's never been told before. A cock-eyed compilation of match reports, correspondence and reminiscences from pundits, commentators, players, officials and spectators who weren't there but should have been: a Victorian public school headmaster bemoans the advent of soccer; PC Scory records the altercations at the White Horse Cup Final in his tebook; the Russian linesman has second thoughts about Geoff Hurst's equaliser; God berates the Cardinal Archbishop of Bues Aires about Maradona's claims of divine intervention; David Beckham's hairdresser provides David Seaman with coiffeur tips in the aftermath of the England's World Cup 2002 exit. The nutmegs, the tantrums, the penalty-shoot-outs that have provided the ubiquitous topic of male conversation for generations, are entertainingly evoked. If Accomplished Sweepers & Tricky Wingers boasted the stories were in bite-sized chunks, Luis Suarez would buy every copy.
Aubrey Ganguly is the Editorial Director at Future Publishing. A former newspaper journalist, he has written about everything from sport to showbiz for all of Britain's nationals. He has written numerous books, especially on sport and humour and Carlton's Random Histories series sits in both categories. Justyn Barnes is a former editor of United magazine and now works as a freelance writer, contributing regularly to various publications, including FourFourTwo, JACK and Sky The Magazine. He has edited, written and contributed to many bestselling football books, such as Sir Alex Ferguson's diaries, A Year in the Life and A Will to Win, and The Official England World Cup Book 2002. Tony Husband is a well-known cartoonist and illustrator who has worked on a number of titles in the Reduced/Random History series. His is also the cartoonist for Private Eye's Yobs strip.