How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup PDF/EPUB

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup This classic humour novel chronicles the momentous journey of Steeple Sinderby an unremarkable Fenland village from the mire of obscurity to national heroics This unbelievable feat is contrived by the serendipitous meeting of three great men Mr Fangfoss who cares nothing for football , Dr Kossuth a Hungarian academic and headmaster of the village school, and the Wanderers captain Alex Slingsby, a mighty warrior biding his time in quiet Sinderby for the chance to rise once A fantastic book Sharp, witty, and poignant. The British writer and publisher J L Carr is undoubtedly best known for his masterpiece, A Month in the Country 1980 , a book I truly adore Nevertheless, this author is muchthan a one book wonder as his excellent 1975 novella, How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup, clearly demonstrates.I loved this tale of the plucky underdogs titular non leaguers Steeple Sinderby Wanderers overcoming all the odds to beat the mighty Glasgow Rangers, scooping the much prized FA Cup in the pr The British writer and publisher J L Carr is undoubtedly best known for his masterpiece, A Month in the Country 1980 , a book I truly adore Nevertheless, this author is muchthan a one book wonder as his excellent 1975 novella, How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup, clearly demonstrates.I loved this tale of the plucky underdogs titular non leaguers Steeple Sinderby Wanderers overcoming all the odds to beat the mighty Glasgow Rangers, scooping the much prized FA Cup in the process Although very different in style to Carr s most famous work, How Steeple Sinderby shares something of that novella s tone, an air of wistfulness and longing for halcyon times past.In short, the book charts the progress of a village football team who, through a combination of talent, discipline and determination, achieve their dream of going all the way to cup final and snatching victory in the game s closing minutes.And then the truly magnificent Slingsby, who had withstood this assault like a rock, gathered the ball and, on the turn, squeezed a fierce low kick from the scrum And one wondered one wondered if this had been plotted months ago when this village side was still lost in the obscurity of the midland plains It had been All or Nothing Nothing if McGarrity had scored, Nothing if Wilmslow hadn t risen from the earth If, if, if p.111 Crucial to the team are its key players centre forward Sid Smith, a once promising striker now lured out of retirement Monkey Tonks, the local milkman whose strength and agility make him an ideal candidate for goalkeeper and last but not least, Alan Slingsby, whose earlier career at Aston Villa was cut short due to his wife s need for round the clock care.To read the rest of my review, please visit The incredible Leicester City side that pulled what arguably has been the most endearing and unsuspected rabbit out of a priceless hat in 2016, might in all probability have been influenced by the fictional exploits of the motely crew that is Steeple Sinderby Wanderers The factual miracle of Claudio Ranieri s side has an eerie similarity excepting the decrepit facilities of the Wanderers and a home turf that is barely above water level to the fortitude of Alex Slingsby s side.This moving laug The incredible Leicester City side that pulled what arguably has been the most endearing and unsuspected rabbit out of a priceless hat in 2016, might in all probability have been influenced by the fictional exploits of the motely crew that is Steeple Sinderby Wanderers The factual miracle of Claudio Ranieri s side has an eerie similarity excepting the decrepit facilities of the Wanderers and a home turf that is barely above water level to the fortitude of Alex Slingsby s side.This moving laugh riot by J.L.Carr has all the ingredients of a sure shot bestseller Hilarious protagonists, a heartwarming swarm of humanity to egg on their heroes and a multitude of chaotic settings all make for one captivating roller coaster of a read The humour is fantastic and the plot is just about perfect neither overcooked nor underdone The road to Wembley from the unremarkable village of Fenland is the brainchild of the indefatigably resourceful Professor Kossuth a Hungarian immigrant Extrapolating his ingenious teaching methods at school to the game of football, Kossuth with the able backing of Mr.Fangfoss, who is the Chairman of virtually everything that could conceivably need chairing at Fenland, manages to mould together a team of diverse characters.Sporting an attire that is buttercup yellow the, Sinderby Wanderers main stars are Monkey Tonks a goal keeper who before the trials has never kicked or grabbed a football in his life, the Shooting Star Swift who once was a rising star for a 1st Division side but who is now leading a reclusive life and Alexander Slinngsby, who has sacrificed a potential career in football to tend to his invalid wife Diana This team strung up on short notice follows 7 precepts postulated by Kossuth and popularly known as the Kossuth postulates How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers proceed to demolish every opponent, obscure and decorated before finally dismantling the much vaunted Glasgow Rangers at the hallowed turf of Wembley takes up a major portion of this endearingly rib tickling book Funny, well written absolute gem of 122 pages Read this on a drowsy afternoon I happened to see it in the library, having read and loved a month in the country some time before that It is very different, but there is one thing that holds true for both books they re books about a time that is now past, which has never and will never come again into the lives of those who lived it And it is that mixed ache of melancholy and nostalgia and love that makes his books glow for me But anyway, this book is obviously a lotlighthearted I Read this on a drowsy afternoon I happened to see it in the library, having read and loved a month in the country some time before that It is very different, but there is one thing that holds true for both books they re books about a time that is now past, which has never and will never come again into the lives of those who lived it And it is that mixed ache of melancholy and nostalgia and love that makes his books glow for me But anyway, this book is obviously a lotlighthearted It s astonishingly funny, and weirdly plausible I loved the cast of characters Would absolutely read this again and again One of the funniest, and most poignant books I ve read for many years You don t actually need to like football to enjoy it. Review taken from my old account, April 12 2016 My second J.L Carr read, and it s another slim, sublime piece of work After reading the magnificent A Month in the Country , and as a big football fan and Manchester United season ticket holder, I was instantly drawn to this new Penguin s Classics re release of How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup As a football fan, this short novel written in 1975 astonishingly sheds light on the modern game Given a number of footballing postulati Review taken from my old account, April 12 2016 My second J.L Carr read, and it s another slim, sublime piece of work After reading the magnificent A Month in the Country , and as a big football fan and Manchester United season ticket holder, I was instantly drawn to this new Penguin s Classics re release of How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup As a football fan, this short novel written in 1975 astonishingly sheds light on the modern game Given a number of footballing postulations to follow by something of a Hungarian genius, this small non league team play football in a way that would make Guardiola proud, with a focus on ball retention, agility, and careful forward planning Further, had this novel been read even a few years ago, it might have harked back to a time when the impossible could happen in football, but would be wholly unrealistic now Yet, the incredible rise of Leicester to the top of the Premier League table has made this novel evenrelevant and fascinating today.But fear not non football fans, you do not have to appreciate the beautiful game to enjoy this fantastic piece of fiction Like A Month in the Country , it is at it s a heart a novel about a certain sense of nostalgia, a particular time in a few people s lives that can hurt to think of, knowing it can never be relived Filled with engaging characters, this is a novel about fighting against the odds, a magnificent success story coloured by J.L Carr s wonderful ability to bring the mundane to life, whether it s a simple month in the Yorkshire countryside or a non league game against North Baddesley Congs This is some kind of wonderful. This is a little gem A book, ostensibly about the improbable but totally believable march of a fenland village football team to FA Cup glory, that has something meaningful to say about measuring educational attainment, methods of effective pedagogy, the influence of sponsorship and intrusive media on the purity of sport, the advent of foreign management methods, the psychology of the game and the triumph of the little man That it manages this all embracing view of the modern game is quite re This is a little gem A book, ostensibly about the improbable but totally believable march of a fenland village football team to FA Cup glory, that has something meaningful to say about measuring educational attainment, methods of effective pedagogy, the influence of sponsorship and intrusive media on the purity of sport, the advent of foreign management methods, the psychology of the game and the triumph of the little man That it manages this all embracing view of the modern game is quite remarkable given that it was written when Harold Wilson was prime minister, Shankly still held the reins at Anfield and the European Community was called the Common Market.Oh, and it s very funny as well With thanks to Michael Calvin for mentioning it in his book and to eBay for finding someone who wanted to part with it Without them I would have missed out on a treat


About the Author: J.L. Carr

Carr was born in Thirsk Junction, Carlton Miniott, Yorkshire, into a Wesleyan Methodist family His father Joseph, the eleventh son of a farmer, went to work for the railways, eventually becoming a station master for the North Eastern Railway Carr was given the same Christian name as his father and the middle name Lloyd, after David Lloyd George, the Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer He adopted the names Jim and James in adulthood His brother Raymond, who was also a station master, called him Lloyd.Carr s early life was shaped by failure He attended the village school at Carlton Miniott He failed the scholarship exam, which denied him a grammar school education, and on finishing his school career he also failed to gain admission to teacher training college Interviewed at Goldsmiths College, London, he was asked why he wanted to be a teacher Carr answered Because it leaves so much time for other pursuits He was not accepted Over forty years later, after his novel The Harpole Report was a critical and popular success, he was invited to give a talk at Goldsmiths He replied that the college once had its chance of being addressed by him.He worked for a year as an unqualified teacher one of the lowest of the low in English education at South Milford Primary School, where he became involved in a local amateur football team which was startlingly successful that year This experience he developed into the novel How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A Cup He then successfully applied to a teacher training college in Dudley In 1938 he took a year out from his teaching career to work as an exchange teacher in Huron, South Dakota in the Great Plains Much of the year was a struggle to survive in what was a strangely different culture to him his British salary converted into dollars was pitifully inadequate to meet American costs of living This experience gave rise to his novel The Battle of Pollocks Crossing.At the end of his year in the USA Carr continued his journey westward and found himself travelling through the Middle East and the Mediterranean as the Second World War loomed He arrived in France in September 1939 and reached England, where he volunteered for service in the Royal Air Force He was trained as an RAF photographer and stationed in West Africa, later serving in Britain as an intelligence officer, an experience he translated into fiction with A Season in Sinji.At the end of the War he married Sally Hilda Gladys Sexton and returned to teaching He was appointed headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering, Northamptonshire, a post he filled from 1952 to 1967 in a typically idiosyncratic way which earned the devotion of staff and pupils alike He returned to Huron, South Dakota, in 1957 to teach again on an exchange visit, when he wrote and published himself a social history of The Old Timers of Beadle County.In 1967, having written two novels, he retired from teaching to devote himself to writing He produced and published from his own Quince Tree Press a series of small books designed to fit into a pocket some of them selections from English poets, others brief monographs about historical events, or works of reference In order to encourage children to read, each of the small books was given two prices, the lower of which applied only to children As a result, Carr received several letters from adults in deliberately childish writing in an attempt to secure the discount.He also carried on a single handed campaign to preserve and restore the parish church of Saint Faith at Newton in the Willows, which had been vandalised and was threatened with redundancy Carr, who appointed himself its guardian, came into conflict with the vicar of the benefice, and higher church authorities, in his attempts to save the church The building was saved, but his crusade was also a failure in that redundancy was not averted and the building is now a scientific study centre.


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