Brimming with wisdom and humour, David Kynaston’s diaries written over one football season offer up his most personal take on social history to date. David Kynaston was seven and a half years old when he attended his first Aldershot match in the early months of 1959. So began a deep attachment to the game and a lifelong loyalty to an obscure, small-town football club. Though as he sits down to write his diaries almost 60 years on, he reflects that life might have been simpler if his father had never taken him to that first match at the Rec. A testament to the ways in which fandom gives solidity and security to our lives, particularly in these bewildering and rapidly changing times, ‘Shots in the Dark’ gets to the heart of what it means to be a devoted follower of a sports team.