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Remember '84

By Nick Corble :  01/05/2009 :  Comments (2) :

Yes, there was a time when ra-ra skirts and padded shoulders were considered the height of fashion and if you weren?t wearing red braces you were probably wearing a T-Shirt with the single word ?Relax? in bold black letters across your chest. A time when the SDP was seen as a credible political force and coal mining was still a mainstay of the economy. A time when Elton John was married to a woman.

Strange times, made all the stranger if you found yourself cast adrift into a job market saturated with three million unemployed and all you had to fight back was a crappy degree in a subject no one wanted and an attitude problem. Add to that girlfriend problems and having to go back to live at home with parents you barely recognise any more and you?ve got a problem.

These are the dilemmas facing Colin Westlake, the hero of a new novel called Golden Daze, and it?s little wonder that faced with this sea of troubles he decides to take refuge in the familiar rhythm of the football season. What he doesn?t know is that this is going to be a season like no other, the sort of season that comes along only once every generation, if that. From unpromising beginnings it slowly begins to dawn on him that there?s a possibility that his team might, just might, make it all the way to Wembley, and as his heroes begin to home in on the Twin Towers so he edges closer to some answers to life, work and women.

Golden Daze isn?t a big social or political commentary, it?s the simple lighthearted tale of what it means to be a passionate football fan in troubled times and what it takes to grow up. The Toffees hadn?t been to an FA Cup Final for 16 years, but Colin?s team Watford had never been there ?? May 1984 might be his only ever chance.

This is a book for anyone who?s ever experienced being caught up in the whirlwind of an FA Cup run for the first time, regardless of who they support. In celebration of the Toffees? success 25 years on from those heady days it?s being made available at the special promotional price of £7.50 including UK p&p if you buy direct from and quote the code TOFFEE.

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Nick Entwistle
1   Posted 01/05/2009 at 17:34:59

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Enough of what you think about the book, what about the author?

Sounds good, though my ’to read’ pile is getting heaftier by the week...
Roger Osborne
2   Posted 04/05/2009 at 21:40:43

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25 years on and we look to win again in what will be our silver anniversary year.

No chance of Frankie Goes to Hollywood having three numbers ones in the same calendar year nowadays, and saying that the crap they have today is even worse.

I still don’t think Gray’s second goal would stand today.

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