When Football Came Home: England, the English and Euro 96

When Football Came Home: England, the English and Euro 96

by Michael Gibbons

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When Football Came Home is the story of the 1996 European Championship played out in England, the centrepiece of a momentous and unforgettable summer, Britain's second summer of love. In the space of a month the England team went from staggering out of a Hong Kong nightclub in disgrace to within a stud's width of reaching the final at Wembley. It was a summer that nobody really wanted to end - and certainly not as it did, losing against Germany on penalties. With a spirit of togetherness, Terry Venables and his players captured the hearts of the nation in a way not seen since Italia 90 - but Euro 96 had an extra edge. Played on home soil, it took place at an extraordinary time in British history. New Labour were poised to end a generation of Tory rule and Cool Britannia was on the rise, as a comatose culture had been revived and Britpop provided the soundtrack to it all. That communal spirit of June 1996 is recaptured in these pages. It wasn't all euphoria - during that month there were riots on the streets of the UK, accusations of spying, race rows and even a terrorist attack during the tournament. Every single aspect is brought back to life for the first time here - the fraught and often controversial build-up, the tournament in full and the lasting impact it had on English football and the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785311765
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Mike Gibbons is a writer and the co-author of the book Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football's Greatest Cult Team. He has also written articles for Eurosport, the Daily Telegraph, The Blizzard and Mundial magazine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 'And San Marino have scored!' 9

2 Over My Dead Body 21

3 Boys, Get To Work 34

4 This Is England 50

5 Waiting For Gascoigne 62

6 'I don't do auditions' 73

7 A Real Key-Tapper 84

8 'Shouting lager, lager, lager, lager…' 96

9 Mr Creosote 110

10 Our Friends in the North 123

11 That Nation Again 140

12 Worthy of Pele 154

13 It's Such a Perfect Day 166

14 Children of the Velvet Revolution 181

15 'Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?' 193

16 Oh Karel 206

17 Achtung! Surrender 218

18 The Wrong Studs 232

19 Don't Look Back in Anger 249

20 'Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown?' 261

Bibliography 270

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