This came to mind about the book because the Big rivals of Portsmouth are??? Everyone??? Everyone knows this?? Of course, Southampton who are off to a very good start in the Championship league and while in the book, the Portsmouth fans would look down their noses at Southampton, the Saints, now it is Portsmouth who are on the skids and the way they dropped down, administration and all about 2 seasons ago but at least they did not go totally out of business. I always wondered what the author thought of his beloved Pompey with the subsequent events, something to research I suppose.
I look to see Southampton in the Premier League next year though it is a bit premature to assume they will be there.
Adopting Portsmouth as his team, he charts the strains that the 2006/07 season had on himself and the club and is completely taken over by Premiership fever. With a combination of fear, anxiety, desperation and envy, Culpepper finds out just what it is like to be a fan of a mediocre Premier League side. And not only does he find the pain, but he somehow wheedles out the joy as well.
I'd say the book "Bloody Confused" is more for those who are not real familiar with the Premier League, English football or in fact, European Soccer. "A season in Verona" is probably a similar type book about Italian football and in my opinion, in my opinion it was probably first. But all of these seem to be somewhat modelled on 'Fever Pitch' and then again, 'Fever Pitch' is modelled they say on "All played out".
But in the end, if you want a good soccer read, explore the library, they may have some. What one likes is really subjective and often depends on your preferences, your favorite teams, etc. and used, one can often find some good deals, especially when it seems a dozen books come out every month in the UK about football/soccer.
A bit off the topic but "Gas masks for Goal posts" is about British soccer/football during World War II, I've read bits of it and have had the book for a few years but I really need to buckle down and read the whole thing through. When World War II first started, I believe most football was cancelled and then, slowly came back. I've also gone through games for the English football team, the 3 Lions biggest rivals use to always be just in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, Wales. England and Wales played a match at the Molineux during World War II, I need to refresh myself as to that story.