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Born in 1977, Matthew Bazell is a London-based journalist and author (Invasion and Deportation , Theatre of Silence: The Lost Soul of Football .
A lifelong follower of Arsenal, his second team are the mighty Darlington! A keen boxing historian and general sports enthusiast, Matthew has also appeared on ESPN and various sports programmes as commentator.
Theatre of Silence describes how an Arsenal supporter was motivated to write a "letter of resignation" to his football club, which concludes "You have ripped to shreds the identity and heart of the football club which I loved.” He sends his membership card back with the letter. Further chapters deal with the increasing commercialization of the Premier League clubs in general and how that has affected supporters. Bazell writes "With low-cost air travel it can be cheaper to fly to Milan, hop on a tram, buy a match ticket for Inter or AC, have a panini, and fly home, all for the same price as a ticket to a Premier League game.”
This book tells the stories behind the songs that have been sung on the terraces at Arsenal throughout its history. A must read for any true Gooner fan. Over the years Arsenal fans have created incredible atmospheres in football grounds around Europe and come up with some of the funniest and creative chants and songs, the very best of which are featured in this book, along with plenty of fantastic fan memories. Highly acclaimed artist, Paine Proffit, provides several of his award-winning illustrations, along with evocative photos and memorabilia to accompany the chapters. We've Only Got One Song is a celebration of supporting Arsenal Football Club, and this book honours every single Arsenal fan who has ever sung in support for the team throughout its proud history. This book is dedicated to them.