About the Author
JOHN HARDING began writing a series of books on sporting history in the early 1980s, the first being a biography of Billy Meredith, a legendary Edwardian football star and founder of the PFA. His second book was about the boxing champion Jack Kid Berg, followed closely by the biography of an earlier East End Jewish boxing hero, Ted Kid Lewis. In 1988, he produced the biography of legendary Arsenal star, Alex James. There followed two comprehensive sporting histories: For The Good of the Game, the Official history of the Professional Footballer's Association, and Lonsdale's Belt, a history of British professional boxing. He has worked on various Sky and BBC TV and radio programmes and contributes articles to publications such as The London Magazine, When Saturday Comes and Soccer Review, as well as the website www.givemefootball.com.