The second year of the popular "Real Ale Guides" sees many improvements to those of last year. This is an essential guide for the real ale loving football fans. "The Football and Real Ale Guide" now describes in detail up to five pubs in all ninety two football club towns. It gives the ale on sale, describes the atmosphere and explains the welcome you will receive when visiting before or after a match. The author has visited every pub in the guide in the last year, talking to landlords and the local customers. The guide also includes comments from the regulars of those pubs. The location maps are now O.S. street maps that identify the location of the guides and easy routes between the town centre, the pubs and the football grounds. Also within the guide are several articles related to the year long research and the contribution of readers and regulars regarding the pubs included. Featured in the guide are a series of humorous cultural guides by Glyn Watkins that take an offbeat look at the tourist activities of the town..
An ideal beer companion, written as a straightforward guide, there are four guides in the series, one for each division of the league, making it an ideal gift for the independent real ale fan.
Richard Stedman lives in Buckinghamshire. A teacher since 1981, he has taken time out of teaching to write about the passion of his life; drinking quality real ale and following his football team. This is his first venture in writing guides for those who appreciate real ale. The Football and Real Ale Guide 2005 - 06 is planned as the first of a series of Stedders' guides related to ale and sports. As a Bristol Rovers season ticket holder, over the last fifteen years he has followed the fortunes of his club, both home and away. During this time he has built up an extensive knowledge of what makes the perfect haunt for the footie loving real ale fan. Glyn Watkins is a poet, teacher and illustrator who has published work as Bradwan both independently and through the City Gent fanzine. His latest works include the "Wayne Jacobs Little Red Head" and a book of poetry entitled " Walburgas forgetting - forgiving" A lifelong Bradford City fan he has also contributed to the City Gent, Britain's longest running fanzine.