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on 28 May 2003
This book is an (obviously) enthusiastically researched, superbly written account of the first full post second world war football season, by an author who must have enjoyed creating this gem.
The reader will not fail to notice the huge gap between the financial rewards awarded to todays current football superstars, and the players of the era in this book, who regularly pulled in huge crowds to witness their skills on the football pitch. Very few matches were ever called off due to bad weather, causing players and clubs all sorts of problems.
This book is a fantastic read and a culture shock to people who don't remember much of the football scene in this country prior to the creation of the Premiership. I'd love to send a copy to one or two of our current breed of footballing superstars...
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on 24 November 2013
The energy of the writing matches the rush of events in football after war came to an end. It is a period that even football lovers know very little about. It was a time of heartbreak (so many careers ended); confusion (how exactly could it all be restarted); legal muddles (who was contracted to what club?) etc. etc. Taw's book addresses all these issue with readable vigour - very different from your average book about football.
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on 26 May 2003
This is a book for all interested in football to invest in. A thoroughly absorbant and competant piece, written with great insight and one which must have taken an incredible amount of research to produce. I am sure this book will be successful and eagerly await a follow up from the gifted enthusiast Thomas Taw.
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on 6 August 2008
If Tom Taw was a sandwich he would be egg and cress - but he isn't.
Neither is he a cake - which if he was, he would be Battenburg.
He is though a mighty fine writer and you should buy his book - if for no other reason than he is a pensioner and needs to money to feed his egg and cress and Battenburg habit.
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on 28 May 2003
Fantastically fascinating football book from Lord Kenchels, aka Thomas Taw.
I couldn't put it down...and that wasn't because my fingers were covered in superglue.
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