Overpaid players. Sunday lunchtime kick-offs. Absurd ticket prices. Non-black boots. Football's menu of ills is long. Where has the joy gone? Why do we bother? Saturday, 3pm offers a glorious antidote. It is here to remind you that football can still sing to your heart.
Warm, heartfelt and witty, here are fifty short essays of prose poetry dedicated to what is good in the game. These are not wallowing nostalgia; they are things that remain sweet and right: seeing a ground from the train, brackets on vidiprinters, ball hitting bar, Jimmy Armfield's voice, listening to the results in a traffic jam, football towns and autograph-hunters. This is fan culture at its finest, words to transport you somewhere else and identify with, words to hide away in a pub and luxuriate in.
Saturday, 3pm is a book of love letters to football and a clarion call, helping us find the romance in the game all over again.
Saturday, 3pm is Daniel Gray's third football book, and fifth book overall. His first, Homage to Caledonia was turned into a television miniseries when Gray was just 27, and he continues to present history on Scottish TV. His previous book, Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters: Travels through England's Football Provinces, won widespread acclaim across the football and literary press. He writes a travel column for The Leither magazine, and his work has appeared across various newspapers and on BBC radio.