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Home and Away by Dave Roberts

Life as a non-league football fan is rarely glamorous, but for Dave Roberts, the 2015/16 Vanarama National League season looked like paradise. With perennial underachievers Bromley having been promoted to the highest level in their 130-year history, Dave would have the chance to travel the nation with a loyal band of fellow supporters – and even his wife Liz when he could persuade her. Since it was also 35 years since he had last lived in the UK, it would be like the ultimate package holiday; well, for Dave at least. And with a man called Moses banging in the goals up front, could Bromley even find their way to the promised land of the Football League?

Home and Away is the brilliant, Bill Bryson-esque account of a year exploring the real heartlands of football, from glamorous seaside resorts (Grimsby, Southport), fallen giants of the game (Wrexham, Tranmere) to Cotswold upstarts (Cheltenham, Forest Green) to name but a few. Conditioned to expect dismal performances, Dave instead found himself on a journey of discovery of a forgotten Britain, and of rediscovery of the joy of being a football diehard.

About the Author

After many years abroad, Dave returned to Britain in 2015. He currently lives in Leeds with his wife. For more about him, visit the Dave Roberts Books site.