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ISBN: 9781841144023
Sherlock Holmes was a Pompey Keeper
Sherlock Holmes was a Pompey Keeper
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Worthy of the Great Detective himself, this book recounts the remarkable story of the connection between the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the founding ears of football in Portsmouth. Here it was, in 1886, that Dr Arthur Conan Doyle sat down to write the first of his famous detective stories within days of turning out for his beloved football team Portsmouth AFC – nicknamed here ‘The Original Pompey’.

The club was firmly amateur in all its dealings and among its players, at full back and in goal, was the commanding 6ft 2 in figure of Conan Doyle, a struggling doctor in Southsea. While the literary skills of the doctor came to overshadow his contribution to football in Portsmouth his legacy lives on in the form of Portsmouth FC today. Sherlock Holmes was a Pompey Keeper is the story of all those players of yesteryear and of football’s struggles to gain a foothold in the renowned naval port. Compiled from rare records and contemporary reports, Kevin Smith provides the reader with a fascinating account of the rise of football in Britain from the days before many of the rules were written.

Of particular interest are the reports of fights, injuries and even death – with spectators also joining in the fray – against the Victorian idealisation of ‘gentlemanly pursuits’. This book provides anyone with an interest in football a vivid picture of the early days of the modern game, in which one of the country’s most honoured literary figures also played his part. ISBN 1841144029, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages.

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