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The Great English Final [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

David Tossell
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4 Mar 2013
The 1953 FA Cup Final between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers had everything: seven goals, a dramatic comeback and, in Stanley Matthews, a fairytale hero. Sixty years on, this legendary game has come to represent a golden age - the year when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and a British expedition conquered Everest. The Great English Final looks at the cultural importance of the match as Britain broke free from post-war austerity, with pre-Coronation television sales taking the Cup Final into more homes than ever before. In 1953, Britain clung to the old-fashioned values epitomised by Matthews while bracing itself for a new consumer-driven age under its young monarch. Football was on the threshold of similar change. Five months later, the England team would be torn apart by Hungary and the national game would never be the same again. Yet the 1953 FA Cup Final would live forever.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing; First edition (4 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178441
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Tossell has been a sports journalist for more than three decades. Currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League) and former Executive Sports Editor of the Today newspaper, he is the author of 12 sports books. Four of his books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards - Bertie Mee (Best Biography, 2006); Grovel! (Best Cricket Book, 2008); Nobody Beats Us (Best Rugby Book, 2010); Tony Greig (Best Cricket Book, 2012) He has also been short-listed twice for MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year.
He has written books on football, cricket, rugby and American football.
Twitter: @David_Tossell

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"Expertly discusses a range of issues which touch on the modern game... a riveting story of social and sporting history." --When Saturday Comes

"A fascinating and superbly researched book." --Football Writers' Association

"A definitive, hugely readable account" --Blackpool Gazette

"A fine study." --FourFourTwo

"This is a really superb book, with great photographs of the classic 1953 FA Cup Final." --The Football Trader

About the Author

David Tossell is the author of ten books, four of which have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards: Bertie Mee (best biography), Grovel! and Tony Greig (best cricket book), and Nobody Beats Us (best rugby book). A sports journalist for more than three decades, David is currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fine book 29 May 2013
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although I was not born in 1953 this book explains in great detail why this match is still talked about to this day.the great English final indeed but how Bolton were robbed!
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