Football Thronkersaurus by Dan Walker
A wonderful and hilarious collection of sporting trivia and curiosities, inspired by Dan Walker’s own experiences on Football Focus
It was while commentating on a Goal of the Month competiton that Dan Walker uttered the immortal line: “What a strike from Mike Sheron – what a thronker!” He’d coined the term to describe a long-range shot that blasted into the net, threatening to annihilate any passing pigeon.
Since then, he has been trying to get the word accepted – if not by the OED then at least by Countdown. Hence this book has become a Thronkersaurus, a book that tells the hilarious stories of the great and not-so-great moments in footballing history.
Taking his own experiences as a starting point, Walker journeys to obscure areas of football to find the most extraordinary tales. He still worries that the Barcelona scouts lost the trail when his local newspaper reported his two goals as having been scored by David Wacker instead. But then again, who was Joe Kinnear talking about when he referred to Charles Insomnia?
Whether it is players sacrificing lizards to bring them luck, or the moment when Walker yelled at Pele to stop him signing some merchandise for him, this is a brilliant collection of wonderful moments and hilarious anecdotes that will surprise and and entertain all who read it.