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(From Leicester Mercury)
Byline: DAVID OWEN
"Football used to be better in the past - and that's a fact!" This controversial view of the beautiful game is the rallying cry of a new book written by two Leicester City fans which looks set to storm the Christmas bestseller lists.
Got, Not Got - The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures is a nostalgic love letter to a more innocent age of British football - and critics have lapped it up.
The book, whose title refers to the school playground mantra of children swapping football cards, harks back to a time when you could find stars of the pitch living in your street, when potentially career-ending injuries could be cured in an instant by the Magic Sponge and when a "gaggle of small children would run harmlessly on to the pitch to pat the goalscorer's back".
GRUMPY OLD MEN …