By charlie connelly

london fields

The end of the millennium proved to be a boom time for London football. The 1998-99 season saw six of the capital’s clubs gracing the Premiership, Fulham storming their way to the Second Division title and Millwall and Leyton Orient reaching Wembley. In London Fields, Charlie Connelly uses the metropolis to examine the state of the game at the turn of the century, from Charlton’s mooted move to the Millennium Dome to the state of the pitches on Hackney Marshes. On his journey through the London season, he follows the FA Cup from the preliminary round to the final. From the Old Spotted Dog ground, Clapton, to the White Hart Lane Jumbotron, Connelly hopes to find that the magic of the Cup still exists in these money-mad times.

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Engaging funny and surreal, exposes a game built on creaking foundations.

– INDEPENDENT, READ OF THE WEEK, DECEMBER 1999

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