NEW PITCH FOOTBALL PODCAST LAUNCHED!
Click here to listen to the first Pitch Football Podcast: Rhapsody in Blue - one not to miss, for Chelsea fans or all lovers of seventies football.
Following the success of our online Zoom Q&As with Pitch's cricket authors, we are launching a football podcast with our authors, kicking off with Rhapsody in Blue author Neil Fitzsimon.
Neil is joined by former Times football writer Nick Szczepanik for the hour-long talk, with Nick interviewing Neil about his love affair with the Blues, that great 1970s FA Cup winning side and comes up to date with Neil's views on Frank Lampard's emerging team.
Rhapsody in Blue is a joyous celebration of growing up in the late 1960s and early 70s in the aftermath of England's 1966 World Cup victory.
A time when football and pop culture merged - an era of smoke-filled pubs, when Fray Bentos pies and fry-ups were consumed without guilt and parents had no fear of letting their kids stay out after dark.
It was also a time without live TV football, when being a fan meant traipsing through the turnstiles every week. The book vividly recalls how a boy fell in love with Chelsea Football Club, cheering the Blues on week after week, while at the same time becoming immersed in the culture of street football.
Rhapsody in Blue skilfully transports the reader to the Stamford Bridge of Neil's youth, when the likes of Ian Hutchinson and Peter Houseman lit up the pitch.
Away from the terraces, he played in his own street team in bitterly contested games against rival street sides. Rhapsody in Blue is a moving and nostalgic tribute to a lost era and way of life.
Future episodes will be listed on our website, and we may even do some live events with readers and listeners invited to pose their questions.