The hugely entertaining story of an English Premier League football club.
Stanley Gobsen. Not a name I've heard before, but after reading his crazy, wild, adorable book, ‘Shyton United’, I'll never forget him!
Stanley loves football. He especially loves his local football team, Shyton United. Who have, incredibly, qualified for the Premier League. The town of Shyton isn't exotic, glamorous or wealthy. Stanley describes it as 'the perfect setting for a Ken Loach film.' Which says it all, really.
The Shyton fans are known as 'fudge packers'. Weird, I know. You need to read 'Shyton United' to find out why. And to discover Stanley's surprising family history which involves Denmark, fishing and cocaine.
Before anyone messages me, no, I didn't realise fish went mad for cocaine either. I've learnt a LOT from Stanley's book. And not only about cocaine. And fudge packing. I was considering Botox, but after reading Brenda’s story.... maybe not. Thank you, Stanley.
Stanley, an award winning writer and documentary film maker, in Hull anyway, battles impossible odds to tell the story of Shyton's amazing season. And these odds truly are impossible, believe me. As well as being hugely entertaining.
I loved Stanley’s inside view of the fantastical world of Shyton United F.C. Nothing politically correct ever happens. Everyone says and does things that are forbidden everywhere in all organisations. Health and safety... what’s that? It’s all deranged egos, money and fast cars. In spite of this, the Shyton United players keep on playing football. Or kicking the ball into the goal. Somehow.
‘Shyton United’ made me laugh so much. Anyone with an interest in English football has to read this book. Although these kinds of bizarre events couldn’t really happen at a Premier League club. Or could they?