Various - The Bumper Book of Roy of the Rovers (3 stars)

Roy of the Rovers



Splitting your defences with a timely ‘gosh’, ‘heck’ and ‘thunderation’, this collection of Roy Race’s adventures from the years 1958-71 should send a tingle down the spine of anyone who ever picked up the comic. Melchester Rovers’ most famous son played for the red and yellow stripped icons for a mere 39 years until the amputation of his deadly left foot in 1993 and while he is the obvious centrepiece, The Bumper Book shows that there was more to Roy of the Rovers than our mulleted blonde hero – step forward his glamourous wife Penny and trusty team-mate Blackie Gray.

The classic ‘If You Were the Ref’ features some dilemmas for the match officials, ‘Penalty’ has fun facts about spot kicks and we even get the history of Bobby Charlton (a consultant on the strip in the early 60s). Unintentionally hilarious, gloriously nostalgic and occasionally bonkers, this should get you into some Race relations.


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