Win a copy of Dirty Northern B*st*rds!

27 Aug 2014 06:40am, by YorkshireSquare

“Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” And Other Tales from the Terraces is the story of Britain’s football chants, a book about the fans, written for the fans, with all the flair and banter that bring the beautiful game to life. No other sport has a culture quite like that of football.

Football chants are the grassroots of the game, from the Premier League all the way down to the Conference and beyond. They’re funny. And they’re sharp. And in the UK they run very deep. In this witty and insightful account, Leeds fan Tim Marshall tells the story of British football through the songs and chants that give it meaning.

Tim Marshall explores the weekly ritual from the industrial revolution to the sexual revolution, touching on issues of race, class and regional identity. From Chelsea and Tottenham to Leeds and Liverpool; from Newcastle to Norwich and Celtic, Rangers and Dundee, he gives us both the history and the funniest, most up to date examples.

As Diplomatic Editor of Sky News, Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs and has reported from 30 countries, including the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Israel. His blog Foreign Matters was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2010.

When Tim is not in Damascus wearing a flak jacket he can mostly be found on the terraces of a certain northern football club that used to be famous, but isn't any more. Read Tim’s tribute to LUFC's brilliant chants from the terraces over on Sabotage Times.

To win a copy of “Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” either in paperback or Kindle format simply answer the question below. Completion closes on Thursday 4th September, winner will be announced on Friday 5th September.

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Tim Marshall’s story of Britain’s Football Chants also comes with a neat reverse cover for those who would rather be seen reading “Soft Southern B*st*rds!”