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Best, Pele and a Half-Time Bovril: A Nostalgic Look at the 1970s - Football's Last Great Decade [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Smart , Garry Birtles
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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For supporters of provincial lightweights like Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, their wishes came true in the seventies when they landed the Division One title. It was the decade of the underdog – when the FA Cup was still football’s Holy Grail and teams like Sunderland, Ipswich and Southampton came in from the sticks to produce their own brand of Wembley magic. It is not like that today.

It was the decade when every team had its characters: Stan Bowles, Charlie George, Duncan McKenzie, Frank Worthington, Tony Currie, Rodney Marsh. These personalities are gone now, replaced by an influx of anonymous foreign journeymen.

This book harks back to a lost era when the game still belonged to the fans; they could identify with the players, recognise their heroes, and believe they all had a shot at glory.

It remembers dramatic matches packed with action and controversy; recalls mercurial managers like Shankly, Clough, Revie and the Doc – and asks the question: who was the finest player from football’s last great decade?

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About the Author

Andrew Smart spent more than 40 years in journalism before he retired to concentrate on writing in 2012. He spent most of his career with the "Nottingham Post," before becoming deputy news editor and community news editor. He was also editor of the newspaper's nostalgia magazine "Bygones." He has written books about Nottingham's past, Coxmoor Golf Club, and a collection of stories about unsung war heroes, "Their Names Will Live On."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2808 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JIE85ZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 Sept. 2014
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A great trip down memory lane.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgic read but could do with more 9 May 2015
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A great read for all fans of football nostalgia but seemed short of chapters with a lot of facts at the end, so would like to have read just a few more of the stories and anecdotes from the first half of the book. A couple of errors in there, for example Southampton were worthy winners of the FA Cup in 1976 from the second division but it's wrong to say they were the last ones as it happened again in 1980.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 27 Jan. 2015
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Rather a disappointing book, the main problem is that it contains far too many basic factual errors which becomes really frustrating after a while. It's a pleasant enough spin through 70's football but contains nothing new to hold the attention.
Massive appendix containing details of every season through the decade which may be of interest, but probably not.
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