If the ghostwriter is editor … new book published by Hartmut Hering

It has been out of print for more than ten years and is now available again in an updated and supplemented new edition: the book “In the Land of a Thousand Derbys. The Football History of the Ruhr Area “.

The 384-page volume holds what the ambitious title promises. In a plethora of contributions, publisher Hartmut Hering, who lives in Gelsenkirchen, and his co-authors spread the history of competitive football from its beginnings in the 19th century to the 2016/17 season. You will learn a lot of interesting facts and the unknown about the big clubs like Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund, which are honored in their own chapters. However, many of their former competitors, who have long since disappeared in the lower leagues of amateur football to the regret of their numerous followers, are also being treated in detail. Many football fans still get their eyes sparkling when they think of the old Oberliga West and names like Spielvereinigung Erkenschwick, Sportfreunde Katernberg, SV Sodingen, STV Horst-Emscher or Hamborn 07. The book dedicates as much attention to these traditional clubs as it does to kicking women or recreational footballers, football as part of the workers’ sports movement, Jewish clubs and the development of the Catholic DJK. Other articles are dedicated to the stadium construction in the Ruhr area, the development of the fans and finally the derbies in the area. The fact that hard fights for local supremacy always raged within the individual districts, makes the category “local derby” tangible for the most important football towns in the area. Almost superfluous to mention that in addition to portraits of important and legendary players, the band contains almost 500 photos and illustrations that take the reader on a unique journey through time in the history of the Ruhrgebiet and the round leather.