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Roy of the Rovers


UPDATE: The 2nd volume in the series – The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1970s – is out now.

British men of a certain age will remember Roy of the Rovers with a generous dollop of nostalgia. Roy appealed to nearly every 8-year-old boy, as star striker of Melchester Rovers (a fictitious soccer team), invariably capable of turning savage drubbings into amazing victories in the last few minutes of extra time.

This collection of strips from his eponymously titled comic will take you straight back to the 1970s and 80s. It’s shameless nostalgia – the blond mullet and garish strip are the stuff of childhood soccer dreams. Whether it could appeal to a new generation is questionable. The English game just doesn’t look like this anymore (to be fair, it probably didn’t then either), with teams filled exclusively with white British men; footballers falling out with their wives because they spend too much time training; and fans who wear bobble hats and never swear. Still, if your footballing cravings are for a more innocent age, this trip down memory lane will surely hit the back of the net.

The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1980s The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1970s
The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1980s The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1970s
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Andy Shaw

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