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Stan Anderson: Captain of the north

Stan Anderson: Captain of the north [Kindle Edition]

Stan Anderson
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I... found it an absolutely fascinating insight into post war football in the north east. Stan lifts the lid on why some players never turned it on away from home and reveals how others paid dearly for their fondness for alcohol. There are bribery scandals in Greece. Scandalous tackles from Johnny Giles. Stan tells it straight about Raich Carter’s man management or lack of. I just found it incredible going back over games and seasons in English football after the war from someone with a quite incredible memory for detail. Stan Anderson was my first Boro manager and being a kid at the time I knew so little about him. Now, thanks to his book, I can truly appreciate the achievements of the miner’s son from Horden, County Durham. (Middlesbrough Fanzine)

Now into his late 70s and living in Doncaster, Anderson – who, like Allison, was regarded as a player well ahead of his time – has told the story of his amazing career with characteristic honesty and wry humour in an entertaining and informative autobiography in which he lifts the lid on his brief spell at Burnden Park. (Gordon Sharrock)

remarkable new autobiography.. an enjoyable trawl through a pretty special career. Compiled partly from notes and diaries he kept during his time in the game, it is an exhaustive account of a proper football man. Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro were the three loves of his life, but he also managed Bolton, Doncaster, QPR and Greek giants AEK Athens – and his move into management makes a fascinating final few chapters. (Mark Douglas)

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Born in the Durham mining village of Horden, Stan Anderson didn't go far from home in a playing career that spanned more than 500 games. He was a midfield player with Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, the north east's big three. And he was the only player to captain them all.
Good enough to win two England caps and be a member of the England squad for the 1962 World Cup finals in Chile, Stan played in the same Sunderland team as Len Shackleton, another star to turn out for Newcastle and Sunderland, Brian Clough and Ron Revie, two men who made an indelible mark on football management. Stan chose that route, too, replacing another Sunderland legend, Raich Carter, as manager of Middlesbrough in April 1966 before he, too, was succeeded by another illustrious son of the north east in Jack Charlton. Stan then moved further afield, spending a year Greek football, managing AEK Athens, before returning briefly to Queens Park Rangers and then back north to Doncaster. He stayed for three years before joining Bolton Wanderers, giving up management in 1981 to care for his wife Marjorie. The book is full of fascinating stories of an era when players still suffered under a maximum wage and a feudal system that tied them to their clubs. Stan tells how Sunderland twice tried to stop him collecting what he was due.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1239 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1899807985
  • Publisher: SportsBooks (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOJ4EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars super book 13 Feb 2012
By xnufcx
This is a fascinating book about the great Stan Anderson. His experiences are well worth reading. I was particularly fascinated by his experience at Sunderland when the maximum wage was abolished. Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy read 18 Feb 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, if perhaps, it was a little early for me in most cases,but saying that it was really good and easy read. very much given to detail I found, but it makes for excellent reading.If you are or were a Sunderland fan it's a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Footballer 1 Mar 2011
Stan Anderson was my boyhood hero - he had great ability with real style. If he had been born in a different period when Bobby Moore did not reign supreme he would have been an England regular. Jim Baxter, who also played for Sunderland, is often thought of as being world class but I believe that Stan was just as good. I have met Stan on a number of occasions in the recent past and he is a real gentleman. His book covers a time now gone in the north east where he played for the big three and it is a unique story that anyone with an interest in this period, area or the clubs should read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 19 Dec 2010
An informative and thoroughly entertaining look back at the way football used to be played and managed before money became the driving force that changed the game, its a matter of opinion wether that change has been for the better, this book takes us back half a century and gives us an insight into the heroes and villians of the era.

Particularly entertaining are what Stan tells us about his early years and family, growing up in colliery village with four brothers, a hard working mother, and a miner father who was rather fond of a drink which was probably typical of most families living in a mining area.

Very enjoyable read.
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