My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes

My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes

Non-Fiction, Sport, Football
Paperback Published on: 03/08/2006
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My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes
A heart warming tale.
I loved this story of a boy who's football career took him from a small fishing village in the North East of Scotland, all the way to the 1958 World Cup. A... READ MORE
Ally at Elgin

Synopsis

WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

A poignant and moving account of the author’s search for the man his father was and the life he led as a well-known footballer, blending the personal and the historical into an unforgettable story

Stewart Imlach was an ordinary neighbourhood soccer star of his time.

A brilliant winger who thrilled the crowd on Saturdays, then worked alongside them in the off-season; who represented Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and never received a cap for his efforts; who was Man of the Match for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final, and was rewarded with the standard offer - £20 a week, take it or leave it.

Gary Imlach grew up a privileged insider at Goodison Park when Stewart moved into coaching. He knew the highlights of his father's career by heart. But when his dad died he realised they were all he knew. He began to realise, too, that he'd lost the passion for football that his father had passed down to him. In this book he faces his growing alienation from the game he was born into, as he revisits key periods in his father's career to build up a picture of his football life - and through him a whole era.

‘The most emotionally charged and moving sports book I've ever read’ Daily Mail

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780224072687
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 204g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes
Great read, even for non-football fans
I bought this book because I enjoy Gary Imlach's commentary on the Tour de France, rather than because I'm a football fan (I'm not, any longer). It's an in... READ MORE
casaubon
My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes
My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes
A superb book in which broadcaster Gary Imlach tells the story of his father, a some time Scotland international and journeyman footballer. As much social... READ MORE
David Kohn