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Title: An essential read about English football in the 1970s
Content: Perhaps you need to have lived through the 1970s and followed both a club and the England national football teams of the era to fully appreciate Rob Steen's fond but frustrated portrait. I did, and so share many of the reference points, from standing on alarmingly packed terraces to watching the same players and dodging the same skinhead gangs, to reading the same comics and trading the same bubblegum cards in the school playground. If you were there too, you surely need to dive into this book with studs up. Steen identifies seven players for membership of his gang of irreverent tearaways - 'The Mavericks'. In a time of ugly thuggery and drab spoiler tactics, these players rose above the ordinary via a combination of outstanding talent and a cavalier disregard for the established order, and left in their wake a trail of managers unable to harness their potential. If you want to know who they were (or confirm your speculations), you'll have to get the book. All were recognised and lauded as great players in their time, and yet - as Steen points out - they numbered only a handful of England appearances between them, none went into management following their playing careers, and none produced offspring who followed in their footsteps. Steen postulates an imaginary England team featuring all seven which he claims would have won the 1974 World Cup - a tournament for which in reality England failed to even qualify. Add into the melting pot multiple cultural references - from A Clockwork Orange to Monty Python, Bowie to Noddy Holder, Alf Garnett to The Likely Lads, flares to hot pants - and Steen takes us on a romp through the seventies, cocking a snook at all its warts in true Maverick-style. Terrific!
Title: Interesting and revealing book
Content: I found the book difficult to read at first because of the author's style of writing and almost gave up but either it improved or I got more accustomed to it. It gives a good insight into the careers of some of the best players from the 70s and highlights the travesty of how few caps were awarded to each of them. It also reinforces my view on how bent Revie was.
Title: Sold as advertised
Content: Sold as advertised and delivered quickly. Can recommend A+++
Title: Absorbing chronicle of individualist 1970s stars
Content: An engrossing consideration of the mismanaged, misunderstood and at times misadventurous rebels of 1970s football. Although bypassed on occasion by the odd pop culture reference of the day, I was drawn in by Rob Steen's insightful recollection of an often unrecalled era - of a game that isn't always beautiful. Skipping betwixt generations via interviews from both the pomp and retrospective futures of the Mavericks, fans of both English football and England football will be left absorbed and informed by Steen's republished gem.
Title: Good book
Content: Was a gift and he loved it
Title: Puts the times and players into context. Very informative and a good read
Content: Really interesting into background if the players

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