The Rovers Return

The second in Titan Books' series of classy reissues features more of the adventures of the world's most famous fictional footballer (Michael Ballack at Chelsea comes in a close second), with stories taken from the early issues of Roy of the Rovers, a comic which made its debut in 1976.

All the greats are in action: Roy Race, Blackie Gray, Noel Baxter and Charlie 'The Cat' Carter (who was a winger and not, strangely, a goalkeeper). The drama concentrates on the intricacies of life at Melchester Rovers as Roy targets an ambitious 50 goals a season, and also includes contemporary adverts (including one for the forgettable Raleigh Sprint bike, with 'arrow wedge' frame).

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This football-focused compendium is an echo of an age when most of the off-pitch antics seemed to take place at the hairdressers, and rather than insults the crowd shouted things like 'Beautiful header! He's found Vernon Elliot' or 'The Super sub's going to score!' Those were the days indeed. £9.99

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