I Love You, Football Poems About the Beautiful Game by Tony Bradman


I Love You, Football Poems About the Beautiful Game by Tony Bradman

Covering a wide variety of aspects of football, both as sport and popular culture, from going to watch you favourite team, to kicking about in the park, collecting the club strip and playing for the school, this anthology represents the very best of poetry on one of the most popular subjects. It treats the theme seriously, though not without humour, and includes many well-known poets liked Alan Ahlberg, Ted Hughes. Roger McGough, Jackie Kay, Ian McMillan, Gerard Benson, John Foster, Nick Toczek, Paul Cookson, Roger Stevens, Brian Moses and many more. Tony Bradman is a highly respected children's poet, novelist and anthologiser who is himself a fanatic football lover and the author and editor of football stories for children including One Nil and three volumes of Football Fever .


Children who love 'the beautiful game

-chosen and humourously illustrated anthology ... There is plenty of variety to suit all tastes ... You'll be over the moon with this anthology, not sick as a parrot. -- Books for Keeps 20040701 Earns its place on this crowded shelf ... An impressive line-up of contemporary children's poets ... For a football anthology for upper juniors this is probably as good as any available. -- School Librarian 20040301 A superb sellection of poems which, while incrediibly diverse, all have an enthusiasm, passion and insight that it is a pleasure to share ... Even those who are not fans will find something to enjoy in this book and may even gain some insight into what it is about football that inspires such enthusiasm among so many. -- Booktrusted News 20040301

About the Author

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987.

Tony loves films and popular culture. He lives in Beckenham, Kent with his wife Sally and their three children Emma, Helen and Thomas and Rufus the cat.


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128 pages


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Publication date

18th March 2004



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