A Review of Tales from the City Volume one

Last month saw the launch of Mick Dennis’s compilation book Tales from the City.

Mick has drawn from all walks of NCFC – players, journalists, ex managers, board members, and fans for contributions, and the finished product is an excellent glimpse into a world we rarely see.

There are some excellent stories and some very funny pieces. Check out Jon Rogers visit to the NCFC dressing room as a small boy, and Chris Goreham’s formative years in the commentary box. There are also some poignant paragraphs where the writer describes how family members no longer with us have had such a big influence in their love affair with Norwich City.

Some chapters are written by people who didn’t always have a great relationship with the fans, and it’s good to see things from a different perspective. Both Bryan Gunn and Iwan Roberts have gone through some rocky periods at the football club, but still have that special relationship so often seen when footballers come to Norfolk.

If you are looking for a Christmas present for someone who enjoys sports autobiographies and is an NCFC fan this is the book for you. It’s one of those books which reminds you just why you are a fan when things are going badly at the club, and consoles you with the fact that football is cyclical and it’s only a matter of time before things pick up again. Also it’s worth noting that this is ‘volume one’ so make sure you leave another space on the bookshelf.