Fever PitchFever Pitch
is a book by British
author Nick Hornby
, first published in 1992
. It is autobiographical
, telling the story of the author's relationship with football
and with Arsenal F.C in particular. It has been seen as something of a turning point in the public perception of football, making an interest in the game acceptable, even fashionable, in educated and literary circles.
A 1997 film version, with a screenplay adapted by Hornby himself, fictionalised the story, concentrating on Arsenal's championship-winning season in 1988-89 and its effect on the main character's romantic relationship. Colin Firth played "Paul Ashworth", the character based on Hornby.