Anthony Matthews' review of the latest 'must have' Watford FC book: Tales from the Vicarage Volume Two

Latest edition to 'must have' Hornets books

Latest edition to 'must have' Hornets books

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Many Watford fans have already read the second volume of Tales from the Vicarage. If you haven’t yet, I’d thoroughly recommend buying a copy because it’s a diverse, informative, entertaining and often humourous selection of stories that achieves what editor Lionel Birnie states is one of its aims in his introduction – it will “appeal to Watford fans of all ages”.

Building on the successful first volume first published in October 2012, this book uses the same tried and tested format of choosing a variety of Hornets-related topics as the basis for interviews, reflections, anecdotes plus a chapter of factually-related fiction penned by Olly Wicken.

The first two chapters were written by Birnie and he selected a sure-fire winner of a subject to start the book with; the incredible never-to-be-forgotten events of Sunday, May 12, 2013 – “It’s important not to forget your handbag when invading a football pitch” – before examining last season in greater depth, reflecting on how worries and fears were to be replaced by mounting optimism and dreams.

The fact those dreams were ultimately ended at a sun-drenched Wembley dovetails perfectly into the second chapter; a fascinating insight into the character, determination and resilience of a striker who was to make his name after leaving Vicarage Road. He’s still playing incidentally.

But enough of the chronology. Tales from the Vicarage isn’t one of those books. I read it over two nights – albeit a week apart – but part of its appeal is, like volume one, you can dip into it when you have a free hour, read a chapter, put it down and come back to it another day and not lose track of where you’d got to.

If you want to relive what still rates as the longest night of my football-watching or reporting life, then turn to chapter nine and Matt Rowson will take you back to St Andrew’s and ‘that’ 1999 Play-off semi-final.

Whether by accident or design – I suspect the latter – fast-forward four chapters and Rowson’s co-editor of the superb Blind, Stupid and Desperate website in the 1990s, Ian Grant, picks up off the back of that Birmingham City penalty shoot-out win to briefly dip into the future, before transporting you back to some bleak and miserable times earlier in that decade.

One campaign is described as “feeling as strained as a constipated rhino”. I won’t give away the game for those of you who haven’t read it but I defy anyone not to smile at Grant’s take on the gloom as it unfolds on the pages before you.

I could easily go on – Nigel Gibbs surprised me with a couple of his inclusions in his Dream Team while I found Paolo Tomaselli’s chapter Meet the Pozzos – a section of which can be read below – fascinating.

Whether you chose to read it in one go, or randomly select which chapter to read first, Tales from the Vicarage II takes its place among the growing list of ‘must have’ books on Watford FC. I, like many others I expect, look forward to the publication of volume three.

Watford Observer readers can get Tales from the Vicarage 2 with free delivery by clicking the banner above.

The book is also on sale at Watford Museum, Lower High Street, Watford and Londis, 91-93 Vicarage Road, Watford.

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3:18pm Mon 27 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

I doubt this book is any sort of must have but, if it is, it's an addition to the list.
I doubt this book is any sort of must have but, if it is, it's an addition to the list. CaptainPC
  • Score: -7

4:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rookeryroy says...

I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that. rookeryroy
  • Score: 5

11:39am Tue 28 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
[quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring. CaptainPC
  • Score: -5

12:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

AbdiKate says...

CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again AbdiKate
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
You are more boring than the last bloke.
[quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again[/p][/quote]You are more boring than the last bloke. CaptainPC
  • Score: -5

2:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

CaptainPC wrote:
AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
You are more boring than the last bloke.
Good name though.
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again[/p][/quote]You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote]Good name though. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

AbdiKate says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
You are more boring than the last bloke.
Good name though.
thanks harrys bar, someone saying something nice for a change
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again[/p][/quote]You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote]Good name though.[/p][/quote]thanks harrys bar, someone saying something nice for a change AbdiKate
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

AbdiKate says...

CaptainPC wrote:
AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
You are more boring than the last bloke.
CaptainPC wrote: You are very boring.
CaptainPC wrote: You are more boring than the last bloke.


perhaps i should become a troll
do you feel it's made you more interesting as a person?
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again[/p][/quote]You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: You are very boring.[/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote] perhaps i should become a troll do you feel it's made you more interesting as a person? AbdiKate
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

big_doris says...

AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
AbdiKate wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
rookeryroy wrote:
I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.
You are very boring.
i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper

definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again
You are more boring than the last bloke.
CaptainPC wrote: You are very boring.
CaptainPC wrote: You are more boring than the last bloke.


perhaps i should become a troll
do you feel it's made you more interesting as a person?
AbdiKate wins.

(And she's right about Tales From The Vicarage. Both books are brilliant.)
[quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AbdiKate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rookeryroy[/bold] wrote: I found the chapter on the Pozzo's worth the price of the book on its own. A section on their scouting - " at the Stadio Friuli there is a kind of mission control centre equipped with 15 TV monitors, each one with a recorder and decoder and the smart cards for every pay TV sports channel imaginable, from Chile to Turkey passing via Sweden. Matches from championships all over the World are watched around the clock, on the off chance that one could turn up a potential phenomenon. Video highlights of all potential targets are stored on over 8,000 cassettes." That's just a small part of their scouting set-up. I can't see Man Utd having a set-up like that.[/p][/quote]You are very boring.[/p][/quote]i dont read much, books are usually boring, but i was given volume 1 last year and it was really good, a keeper definitely want to read volume 2, looks great again[/p][/quote]You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: You are very boring.[/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: You are more boring than the last bloke.[/p][/quote] perhaps i should become a troll do you feel it's made you more interesting as a person?[/p][/quote]AbdiKate wins. (And she's right about Tales From The Vicarage. Both books are brilliant.) big_doris
  • Score: 0

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