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Thank God for Football, The Illustrated Companion

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Peter Lupson, Azure, SPCK, London, 2010-12-16 ISBN 978-0-281-06368-7

In 2006 Peter Lupson wroteThank God for Football, an account of the Christian origins of Premier League Clubs. The new book covers the same ground but with updates and 120 photographs. The story comes to life with photos of the founders, the churches and buildings where the momentous decisions were taken, which shaped our national game.

Among the new material is the hilarious story of how Peter discovered that Swindon Town’s official foundation year was wrong! There are also photographs of a ceremony to honour the founder of Tottenham Hotspur, another outcome of Peter’s work.

While the 2006 book was of great interest to the connoisseur, the new one will have a wider appeal as the photographs make the story come alive on every page.

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