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"The most emotionally charged and moving sports book I think I've ever read - Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail" (Daily Mail Harry Ritchie)

"One of the most deserving William Hill winners in the award's history ... The book of the year" (Christopher Maume Independent)

"A remarkable book... Imlach is a gifted writer, pungently aware, admirably combative, knowledgeable and compassionate" (Brian Glanville Sunday Times)

"My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes immediately joins the Football Classic Club - whose members are bonded by using football as a backdrop for something entirely different... A beautiful personal history" (Rick Broadbent Times)

"If I could have my memories of Stewart Imlach surgically extracted, I would wrap them carefully, put them in a box, and send them to his son. Unlike me, Gary Imlach never saw his father play football... But that has not prevented the son from producing one of the best sports books of recent years. A book to treasure" (Richard Williams Guardian)


Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award: the moving story of one man's search for his father, and for the game he played

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Heartfelt and moving 23. März 2009
Von Tybalt - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Imlach's book is a wonderful recollection of a bygone age and (without being pinched, cynical or critical) shows us what the creep of money into sports has given, and what is has taken away. Heartily recommended to any fan of sports.
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Beautiful Book 24. August 2007
Von John V - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Thought I'd help out with the ratings here given that Amazon would not change the other chap's message. Imlach's book really is tremendously well written. I loved it. It definitely belongs in the beautiful game book pantheon...
What our beautiful game was once like - from the inside. 1. Juli 2012
Von Paul Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Gary Imlach has succeeded in writing an excellent and revealing story of his father's football career. Stewart Imlach was a player I'd never heard of before reading this book. A flying winger, he was a Scottish international in the 1950s and represented them in the 1958 World Cup. He played for a variety of clubs south of the border, most notably at Nottingham Forest in the earlier stages of his career where he appeared and starred in their victorious '59 FA Cup winning side. Once retired from playing he goes on to be a part of Everton's coaching staff in the 1970 league title winning side - a team featuring Ball, Harvey, Kendall and Royle amongst others.

Where this book really impressed me (and contrary to other reviews, I think it is very well written) was in the way that it gives the reader a complete insight into the reality of being a professional in the game during the era of 'retain and transfer' and the maximum wage. It really hammers home that while there were undoubtedly many faults with those systems that were tantamount to servile tied labour, the pendulum has indeed swung far too far away from those days when fans really respected their club's players as both footballers AND members of society. Many sporting biographies serve to heap praise on the subject and fail to get across the real person behind the story. Imlach's book doesn't fall into this trap at all. The father whose sporting achievements were not so apparent to the writer at the time they happened - he either wasn't born yet or was just a lad - becomes more understood than ever as his story is uncovered via the many newspaper cuttings discovered and teammate interviews undertaken.

At times full of pathos and admiration for the humble aspirations the 'working-class heroes' in the title would have, in an era far removed from the fast cars, 'WAGS', and 'bling' of the modern cash-soaked game, Imlach has expressed with a journalist's guile and a wonderfully dry sense of humour what our beautiful game once was like - from the inside. Towards the end, as Imlach Snr's career had ended, and illness changed him from a bundle of blurring energy into an armchair-bound TV fan, we come to understand just how dramatically the game has changed so much, especially in the modern era of 24/7 media coverage, Premier League big money broadcasting rights, agents' manipulations, and widespread disloyalty to the clubs - ergo the fans. It was wonderful to momentarily forget all about that and revel in the era of football when the players still had off-season jobs and got the bus to the training ground...

A wonderful slice of modern social history to boot, this William Hill Sports Book of the Year is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in sports history in general and football in particular.
Great book 14. Oktober 2010
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Great football books are rare, especially player biographies. This is one of the rare gems. Gary Imlach writes about his father, a former Scottish international and part of Forest's FA Cup winning side of 59. But the story is as much that of the football world as it once was, when players barely got by on their wages and had to work as craftsmen in the off season to support their families.
One for football connoisseurs 2. November 2013
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Very well written and a terrific insight into what used to be a working class game, a far cry from modern days. For anyone who loves the game and is truly interested in its history this is definitely a must read.
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