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Scoring High Marking Deep-bookcover

By: John Sheldon

Scoring High Marking Deep

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On a foggy Saturday afternoon George Best turned with the ball in the centre circle and ran route one toward the opposition goal. Ron Chopper Harris scythed Best at the knee, but Best rode the tackle and ran on, beating two more defenders and the goalkeeper to score an amazing goal. This quality of action is lost in millennial football as players fall to the ground before contact is made. The taming of football has removed the sporting element from the game as physical contact is deleted from the activity on the pitch. This removal of authenticity is not an accident but is an institutional plan to sanitise the game into a commercial entertainment, suitable only for television, media, and sponsorship. This process of ruin started in the 1980s when the government attempted to control the constructed problem of hooliganism which culminated in the tragedy of Hillsborough. This was the point when people looked at football and planned the elimination of violence but also the destruction of the game as an authentic sport.

John Sheldon works and studies in London as a psychiatric and emergency nurse and has had articles published on a variety of mental health subjects including self-harm.

John experienced a change in life direction after undergoing hypnotherapy and recovery from addiction which caused him to question what is important in life. This experience led to a philosophical study of institutional self-harm, to which his lost and regained love of football has been applied for the purpose of this book.

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  • John Hendry

    An incredible insight to Footballs Implosion. Someone lifting the wool from our eyes in our beloved game.

  • Mike Doherty

    John Sheldon gets under the skin of the game with a remorseless focus on the authentic virtues and values inherent within the 'beautiful game'. At its best it can transcend the ordinary and be an escape but modern football now tends to resemble society. John looks under the bonnet of an increasingly sophisticated machine and asks some searching questions.

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