Sabina Park Rangers is the first team of black players to reach the final of the Watney’s Challenge Cup. But coach Horace McIntosh has more selection problems than most. The First Division champions want to sign one of his best players – and right up until the day of the match he is uncertain that he will have a team for the biggest game in the club’s history because of arrests, a scam and an atmosphere of impending violence.
More Than A Game is an entertaining, engaging read that is definitely about more than football! This is actually a fascinating account of life in the early 80’s which, I’m too young to remember, but was obviously quite a turbulent time.
Firstly I didn’t realise that racism was still so common in the UK at this time and I often found myself getting very angry about how they were treated. The author peppers the story with true events from the period which I found fascinating, having not read much set in this period before. I enjoyed looking them up on the internet and learning more about them.
I loved the descriptions of the Jamaican community which was vividly described so I could well imagine their experience. The Jamaican dialogue helped add to my feeling of inclusion into their community and helped me to feel I was actually there watching everything unfold. I warmed to Horace and his family instantly so felt very upset on their behalf over their treatment by some, especially as they obviously have a lot of love for Britain.
I thought this was a fast paced, hugely enjoyable read that was very interesting. It was also very thought provoking and I have found myself thinking about it long after reading it.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife, two cats and a dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and of course a good book. His world is balanced by his obsession with comic books, quality TV, global events and the great outdoors.