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Saturday Afternoon Fever

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7th November 2024

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472279811

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A profoundly personal, warmly nostalgic and deliciously funny memoir by the legendary Sky Sports anchorman Jeff Stelling, chronicling a life spent obsessing about ‘The Beautiful Game’ ever since he was a little boy, and underpinned by a deeply rooted love of football and of people.

For a quarter of a century the iconic Sky Sports football presenter Jeff Stelling was the face and voice of football television. As the host of Soccer Saturday, a results show with National Treasure status, he expertly presided over a live panel of former footballers watching the most exciting sporting chapter of the weekend, on the telly, in front of a transfixed audience of millions, watching, unbelievably… on the telly.

Beginning at midday and wrapping just after the Premier League’s players had showered and changed, the show’s popularity stitched Stelling into the fabric of match-day rituals up and down the country. For fans, the weekend didn’t exist without an hour or four of Soccer Saturday.

Saturday Afternoon Fever is Stelling’s moving and fascinating memoir: a love letter to the game that has shaped and defined him, as it has millions of other football fans across the UK. This is the passionate, engaging tale of one fan’s journey from the terraces at Hartlepool’s rainy Victoria Park in the 1960s to the sleek and salubrious confines of the Sky Sports studios, an adventure that spans well over half a century and some of the most fast-changing, exciting periods in football’s history.