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REVISED AND UPDATED: FROM THE BACK PAGE TO THE FRONT ROOM

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Roger Domeneghetti's study of football's history with the media has been fully revised, updated and redesigned for 2017. Featuring new design work from Mick Kinlan inside and out, this beautiful new edition is available via Amazon, Ockley and in all major book stores from the 7th of April.

Reviews for From the Back Page to the Front Room:

“Prodigious research and perceptive interpretation of it make this book an unrivalled exposition of the relationship between professional football and the media, a connection that has often been as acrimonious as it is mutually essential, symbiosis with a snarl. It is a lively and compelling story, made richer by the rescuing from obscurity of many characters whose important influence will be a revelation to most readers.” - HUGH MCILVANNEY

“In the last twenty years every facet of the football industry has been covered in some way, except the most important of all – the media. Now Roger Domeneghetti has done us all a service by tracing the role of the media in making the game into the national ritual and soap opera and done so in a voice that is scholarly, thorough and pointed.” - DAVID GOLDBLATT, AUTHOR THE GAME OF OUR LIVES

“An outstandingly readable piece of scholarship, this book addresses every aspect of football’s relationship with the media and society and, as one who has lived through the most recent halfcentury of the game’s development, I recognise so much. If I may pick one detail from so many, the portrait of the great James Catton, father of football journalism, was superb.” - PADDY BARCLAY

“Roger Domeneghetti’s irresistibly enjoyable book offers a fascinating history of football’s relationship with the British media, from tabloid headlines and Twitter controversies to fanzines and Fever Pitch. Clear, authoritative and clever, with some splendid anecdotes and colourful examples, it is likely to become the definitive word on an often controversial subject.” - DOMINIC SANDBROOK, AUTHOR THE GREAT BRITISH DREAM FACTORY

“The paradox of sports writing in the UK has always been that cricket was graced by its own ‘literature’ but not the far more popular, far more intently followed, association football. Domeneghetti examines the culture contrast in an engrossing and comprehensive far wider study of football’s media context. Stranger than fiction indeed – football’s love–hate relationship with media. Any doubters should read this book.” - KEIR RADNEDGE

“… exhaustively well researched … a breezy conversational style ensures that the dominant perspective here is that of the ordinary fan/reader/viewer. Media-analyst business-speak is thankfully lacking.” - WHEN SATURDAY COMES

“Wide-ranging, thoroughly researched and enjoyably opinionated, Roger Domeneghetti’s pioneering survey of the symbiotic but often fractious relationship between football and the media is an important contribution to our understanding of modern Britain.” - DAVID KYNASTON, AUTHOR TALES OF A NEW JERUSALEM, 1945–1979

“Witty, masterful and intelligent … deserves to be the standard text on the subject.” - THE NEW STATESMAN

Entertaining and thoughtful ... a terrific piece of work.” - ROY GREENSLADE, THE GUARDIAN

“An unrivalled account ... both informative and compelling.” - PHILOSOPHY FOOTBALL

“The central theme running through this hugely enjoyable and impressively researched history of the relationship between the English game and the media as a whole is that it has always been a mutually beneficial arrangement; the media promote football, which grows more popular, and the increased interest drives newspaper sales, radio and television audiences and online traffic. His analysis of how new technology has changed the way we experience football is admirably lucid and thought-provoking, and although he occasionally digresses from his overarching theme, as with his survey of football in literature, they are always interesting digressions; with this terrific tour de force, more is more.” - SIMON REDFERN, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“What is so enjoyable about From the Back Page to the Front Room is that it feels like one of those great moments when you are down the pub with your friends, probably just having finished watching a match and the discussions start. You move from football to politics to popular culture and back again. Domeneghetti has mastered a skilful weaving of our national sport into our social history and it is a great read as a result.” - SARAH JUGGINS, SPORTS JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION

“Domeneghetti has delivered a comprehensive, and superbly insightful, study of the relationship between football and the media. It leaves no stone unturned and is an invaluable – and radical – guide to the way this problematic relationship has ebbed and flowed. It is especially good on the extraordinary explosion of the post-Premier League era.” - ANTHONY CLAVANE, AUTHOR PROMISED LAND: THE REINVENTION OF LEEDS UNITED

“Recommended reading on two levels: as a vividly written and splendidly researched history of English sports journalism, and as a searching study of the nation’s most popular spectator sport. A must for anyone seeking to understand one of the more complex love affairs of our times.” - ROB STEEN, AUTHOR FLOODLIGHTS AND TOUCHLINES

“Roger Domeneghetti’s From the Back Page to the Front Room is essential reading for anyone who wants to understands the complex love–hate relationship between football and the media. Wide-ranging and well-read, it combines a love of football history with a journalist’s real-world insight.” - PROFESSOR TONY COLLINS, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR SPORTS HISTORY & CULTURE, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

“This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the history of the journey of football through the English media, whether you are a casual football punter or a student on a sports journalism course. Based in a fabulous feel for the game itself, this is a detailed history of everything to do with its subject – it is equally good on football fanzines and women in football as it is on the failed Bloomfield Road experiment to televise football live in 1960. A great read.” - PROFESSOR STEVE REDHEAD, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY

“This is a timely assessment of the place that football has established within mainstream media culture in Britain. Supported by an impressive cast of interviewees to emphasise its authority, the book is replete with anecdote and astute reflection on the centrality of football’s mediation to social and cultural life. From ‘folk football’ to full-on fandom, Domeneghetti explores how the sport has become a barometer for most aspects of contemporary Britain. It is richly contextualised within a historical grounding yet acutely aware of the digital present.” - MARTIN CONBOY, PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD