What is wrong with me, why can't I just calm down?
Nick's father takes him to his first Arsenal game as a way to bond, with each other after leaving Nick's mother for another woman. Nick begins going to every Arsenal game he can, and his interest soon becomes an obsession.
How is this possible
Nick's dad leaves the country, Nick begins going to games with a boy known as Rat, the older brother of one of his classmates. They can not afford to sit in the better seats in the West Stand, so they have to stay standing throughout the games.
Im sorry about this Nick, however I just don't think 'we' are going to work.
I am thankful that she helped me see that there is a life outside football.
Ok thats disappointing
As Nick becomes a teenager, he begins to attend the Arsenal away matches, and after he watches the replay of the game, he finds out that he was on camera. Nick notices that he looks very serious while watching the game, more than any other children around him. He concludes that he was obsessed and obsessions are not funny. However, he does not learn to relax at games until he becomes older.
Before the 1972 cup semi-final match, Nick meets one of the Arsenal players, Bob McNab. Nick also goes to see the final cup match in 1972. Arsenal play Leeds and lose 1-0, Nick does not understand how he could go through the stress and tension of the cup again.
Nick Hornby meets his first girlfriend, called Carol, however Carol eventually dumps him just before a game, Though disappointed, Nick is thankful she helped him see that there is a life outside of football
Nick starts at Cambridge University and he attends some football games of Cambridge United. He coasts through university without making much of a mark.