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Legend, the Life of Roy 'Chopper' Hartle [Paperback]

John Gradwell , Walt Howarth
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22 July 2013
ROY 'CHOPPER' HARTLE 'The backbone of the club' - Gordon Taylor 'Bolton Wanderers through and through and a legend' - Andrew Dean, BWFC Promotions Manager 'A gentleman off the pitch but so committed on it' - Syd Farrimond Read the story of a man, the youngest of ten children, who became the toughest player in the Football League's most fearsome defence and was reckoned by many to be the best right-back never to play for England. A man who was part of the team which lifted Bolton's last major domestic trophy - the FA Cup - after a 2-0 triumph over Manchester United. A man who coached the manager who would later steer his team to World Cup Final victory. And a man who was proud to represent Bolton Wanderers at the opening of the new Wembley and one of only three BWFC legends to have part of the Reebok Stadium named after him. * Cover illustration by Walt Howarth. who wittily captures Roy's distinctive playing style in this cartoon from 2000. Walt, a big Bolton fan, first became involved with the Wanderers by drawing players for the match-day programme from the mid-1940s onwards. He also provided the art work for many children's books in the 1950s and 1960s and is best remembered for the illustrations he did for the Doctor Who annuals. Walt, pictured with Eddie Hopkinson, Roy and Nat Lofthouse, died in 2008 aged eighty. His ashes are scattered on the Reebok pitch.

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon Publishing (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782220895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782220893
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Legend" -a great read 27 Oct 2013
This is a great read if you:
-love your football
-are a baby-boomer
-are a Wanderers fan
-know Bolton

In fact there is plenty here for almost anyone who isn't a teenage croquet fanatic from Henley on Thames. And even they might learn a bit of history!
Gradwell cleverly interweaves some of his own experiences into the biography, making it personal as well as analytical.

Buy it and you will find out how an hard-case, adoptive Boltonian from the midlands ended up talking posh and selling wine for Stowells of Chelsea!

Terrific book!

Bill Bradbury
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5.0 out of 5 stars The gentle assassin 20 Feb 2014
How this man epitomises the change in football over the last 50 years! Those were the days when the game was for men not the extortionately paid whimps of today. And no excuses about players being more skilful today- they were the days of Matthews, Finney and Lofthouse . How much would that forward line cost today? Most of today's whinging wingers would faint at the sight of the name Hartle on the team sheet. Ever the gentle man he would be the first to call for an ambulance for his opponent. I feel privilaged to have watched him in action in his great years in the 50s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roy the perfect gentleman. 20 Feb 2014
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This is a very true profile of Roy who was always a perfect gentleman when he was my boss at Stowells of Chelsea and it was nice to read about his life before Stowells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 12 Jan 2014
By Kath
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Great product and excellent service. Ideal gift for long standing Bolton Wanderers supporter. Brought back many memories and a really good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Up the Trotters ! 23 Dec 2013
By Tony
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For all old-timers who followed the Wanderers in the LOFTHOUSE era, this is a great read, with memories flooding back. Having stood in the Manchester Road paddock for many of Roy's seasons, I had an eye level view of the way he curbed any attacking threat down the opponents left flank. He was so good he could, most of the time, close down his opponent fairly. You can work it out how he went about quietening down anyone whe had the impertinence to go past him on the outside !!
All in all a book to make one realise how football has changed ...... not, in my opinion, for the better. Thank you for many happy memories Chopper.
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