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Best football Books (inc. 5aside): Surprisingly Good Football Reads

Relax: We’ve put together some fascinating football reads

Steve Bruce, yes Steve Bruce, the best defender never to be capped for England/journeyman Manager/Manchester United legend has, believe it or not, been writing for years.

Only recently was his nom de plume (the rather unimaginative) Steve Barnes revealed to be Brucey.

Steve has released at least 3 football related fiction books: ‘Striker!’, ‘Sweeper!’ & ‘Defender!’ – Note the ‘!’ there, which we imagine is intended to convey the drama and suspense of the crime thrillers.

When interviewed on his literary past Bruce told Sky Sports the books were indeed “genuine” and when asked why he hasn’t written anymore, he said: “Have you read them? Go and read them and you’ll understand why.” – Classic Brucey!

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James Brown (the Guardian sports writer not the godfather of soul) has written many a piece about 5aside football in the past. But in his new book “Above Head Height” he makes amusing observations on his 17 years as a 5 a side league player.

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Our friends at 5-a-side.com have written an amusing, informative and insightful hardback (digital/kindle also available) on, you guessed it 5aside football. ‘The Five A Side Bible’ is unlikely to give you spiritual guidance, but will guide you through the highly nuanced sport we play religiously, week on week.

From Matt Le Tissier’s view of 5aside to ‘How to score at penalties’ this is essential reading for the 5aside aficionado.

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We hope you have enjoyed our somewhat unique best football books list. More posts of procrastinating to come, so stay with Ultimate 5 a side: https://5aside.com/




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