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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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Edward Evva
18:32 20 Nov 18
Been there for the first time last week. I usually play in France with my friends but this is much better soccer5 here. However, we will always be better than English in football.read more
Joe Massarella
15:16 16 Nov 18
Brilliant 5 a side league, top team running it and great pitches too!
Patrick Staunton
16:43 13 Nov 18
Well run, good website, good pitches
Mohammed Rahman
21:10 26 Apr 18
Fantastic league, well organised friendly and very competitive at the same time. With FA qualified refs. Props to Sam the organiser with live statsread more
tekken x
17:11 28 Mar 18
it was very good and great.and I like this game
mo creasey
14:15 26 Jan 18
i'm not sure its the best 5 a side in the world:) but its the best ive played in. Im liking the player stats and scoreboard with the time on it. Our ref is decent and league manager is quality with the organisation side of thingsread more
Sabrina Shah Hakim
11:04 09 Dec 17
Good organisation and league managers. Like the player stats too.
jack ballinger
11:58 17 Jun 17
Really enjoy playing at Ultimate 5 a side. It's professionally run with a great atmosphere and proper stats. It's awesome just to have the match time on the side easy to see and getting the recognition you deserve for hard earned assists is a real added bonus!read more
Jono Weatherley
20:08 11 May 17
It's great to finally find a league that appreciates a creative midfielder like myself, with an assist table as well as a top goal scorer chart.read more
Adam Vanni
20:19 16 Mar 17
Hands down the most organised and enjoyable league I have played in. Great turn out every week. Highly recommended!
Robert Gibson
17:02 16 Mar 17
I don't score many goals but am always assisting them, so it's great that this 5aside league is tallying assists
Dean Matthews
13:51 14 Mar 17
Fantastic 5 a side venue. Great format with scoreboard and timing visible throughout the games. Friendly teams and fantastic refereeing everything you could want from a 5 a side league. great pubs nearby as well.read more
Chris Jacobs
15:35 06 Mar 17
Great five a side league with good atmosphere and friendly teams. Games are competitive. There is also a small pub nearby where some of the teams can be found which adds to the general nice club feel. Good online features for tracking each team which adds a extra dimension within each team.read more
Tom Middleditch
10:41 28 Feb 17
Best 5aside in London!
Courtney keep
16:57 21 Feb 17
Best league I've played in since being in London. Great venue and superbly organised!
Sam Anderson
13:27 21 Feb 17
Finally the league me and my friends have been looking for. Having a really great time here. We are on our third season and find the level of competitiveness and attitude of all other teams perfect, the standards are high enough to keep us improving each season, but not so high that we get battered week in week out. The ref there is top top quality - which is a rare commodity in 5aside leagues from experience! The venue is great, right next to the overground and bakerloo line. I also love that we can pay by cash or card depending on how organised we are on the day!read more
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