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Saints v Pompey

 

SAINTS v POMPEY, a 288-page paperback, was published in 2004, at £18.99. The bulk of the 18 chapters consist of 209 reports of derby matches, compiled by Dave Juson. The few remaining chapters are by Clay Aldworth and Gary Chalk on men who have played for both clubs; by David Bull, on war-time collaboration and on fans who have divided (and even transferred) their loyalties; and a Portsmouth viewpoint from Barry Bendel.

Reviewers have said:

"This is another top-notch publication from the Hagiology stable. Despite the publishers’ leaning towards the Saints, this is an unbiased, down the middle production. It is well-written, contains cleverly captioned illustrations and is supplemented by as many statistics as the biggest anorak might ask for. The book was published on the eve of the 210th meeting between these two clubs and so… 209 clashes are covered in depth by lead-author, Dave Juson… Barry Bendel [provides] ‘A Pompey Perspective’ and Clay Aldworth and Gary Chalk have combined to give us a very detailed ‘Played for Both’ section… Aldworth is also credited with the idea for this splendid book. Good thinking, beautifully executed” (WINGER, The Review of British Football).

"As well as being a complete chronological record of the Hampshire derby, this thorough work also succeeds in providing an understanding of both clubs and aims to foster the mutual respect that is too often lacking… Fittingly, the foreword is written by Alan Ball who… has long been a champion of the desire for passionate but friendly rivalry and he was delighted to link his name to a book written without bias, and with the emphasis on accuracy rather than partisanship, and which aims to represent the majority of fans who ‘want our game to be enhanced by loyalties not tarnished by them’”(Graham Hiley, Saints Matchday Programme).

"Hagiology Publishing have done it again – producing the most comprehensive Saints book any fan could wish for…No stone has been left unturned… The second part of the book is the real gem here with notes on players who played for both clubs, a look at the rivalries and the incredible stories of Pompey fans who actually switched to supporting Saints” (Southern Daily Echo).

"In common with all previous books from the publishers, this large-page softback is beautifully produced and comprehensively researched” (Programme Monthly).

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