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Charles Buchan: A Lifetime in Football [Hardcover]

Charles Buchan
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7 Oct 2010

An enlightening historical commentary on Britain and British football in the first half of the twentieth century, this engrossing autobiography, originally published in the 1950s, is sure to inform a new generation of football supporters about a character once synonymous with the game in its more boisterous, yet more innocent, days.

Born in London in 1891, Buchan enjoyed a successful playing career with Sunderland before enlisting as a soldier in the First World War, during which he saw action both at the front and on the pitch. War over, he picked up his playing career with Sunderland before being capped by his country and transferring to Arsenal. Gradually he moved into journalism, writing the first football coaching manual and reporting on the sport for the BBC. Then, in 1951, Charles Buchan's Football Monthly was set up, reaching sales of more than 100,000 at its peak.

Buchan's life was tragically cut short in 1960 when he died of a massive heart attack, but in this book he left a legacy of football history, setting the matches he played in and covered in a context that makes them both vivid and memorable. A treasure.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; Reprint edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845966546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845966546
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The engaging memoirs of acclaimed footballer, writer and broadcaster Charles Buchan, which vividly document an earlier era of the Beautiful Game

About the Author

Charles Buchan was born in 1891 and carved out a successful footballing career as a centre-forward for Sunderland (1911-25) and Arsenal (1925-8), later becoming a renowned football writer and commentator. He died while on holiday in Monaco in 1960.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Mar 2011
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This man was the best footballer of his day, but he did so much more; war hero, journalist, school teacher, publisher, etc. His life started in Victorian England but towards its end he had dealings with the nascient pop industry.
He was a very modest man, so many of his triumphs are glossed over in this book e.g he won the military medal twice but this is not mentioned in the book. What shines out in the book is Buchan's decency and sense of fair play, traits that are absent from not only football but life in general in the modern world. He sought to find the best in everyone he dealt with. He would not say a bad word about anyone. His attitudes to some topics e.g racism are dedades ahead of his time.
Well recomended for anyone interested in football history or for anyone interested in 20th century social history.
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