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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for men of a certain age
This is the story of two of the outstanding personalities of post-war football in the British Isles, the Charlton brothers. Bobby is probably the most famous English player of all time. Jack's success came less easily but his strength of character and sense of humour has made him an enduringly popular figure in the game.
The book traces the brothers' parallel lives...
Published on 1 Mar 2003 by M. Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting without being rivetting!
I think we can all relate to Jack - the plodder without his brothers unique talents - who by dedication and doing it his way ultimately gets the rewards his efforts deserve - however I sense that the author is perhaps more an admirer of Bobby's or perhaps just feels he needs to be better understood? Whilst they have gone separate ways in their lives that does not quite...
Published on 28 Feb 2009 by Michael Bromfield


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for men of a certain age, 1 Mar 2003
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M. Jones (Port Moresby) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jack and Bobby: A story of brothers in conflict (Hardcover)
This is the story of two of the outstanding personalities of post-war football in the British Isles, the Charlton brothers. Bobby is probably the most famous English player of all time. Jack's success came less easily but his strength of character and sense of humour has made him an enduringly popular figure in the game.
The book traces the brothers' parallel lives and careers from their humble roots in Ashington, Northumberland through to their millionaire status today. Their stellar playing careers are examined with Bobby recognised as a star at Manchester United from his earliest days surviving the Munich air disaster. Jack, on the other hand, spent much of his younger days with Leeds in the second division and did not make his debut for England until he was nearly thirty. They played together in England's World Cup winning team of 1966 and both won League Champioship and FA Cup winners medals with their clubs while Bobby went on to win the European Cup as well. Both international careers ended with the disappointment of elimination from the World Cup in 1970 at the quarter-final stage by West Germany.
Their lives go their separate ways after retirement with Jack, the qualified coach, going on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and, briefly, Newcastle before the revelation of his ten years with the Republic of Ireland. Bobby, after an unsuccessful spell as manager of Preston became a successful businessman and - that rarity for an ex-player - football club director (of Manchester United).
However, the book is much more than a catalogue of the brothers' success. At its core is an examination of their different personalities and the frequent tension between them, particularly Jack's displeasure with Bobby's estrangement from their mother.
This is a thoroughly researched, unsentimental, well-written piece of work. A wealth of anecdotes from people who knew the Charltons well add insights. Many are humorous and most are told in the industrial language that is a professional footballer's lingua franca.
An excellent read, especially for us men of a certain age who can remember seeing the Charltons in action on the field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling biography, 16 Jun 2003
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Nick Brett (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Two icons for the price of one! This is a well written history of the Charlton brothers. Very well researched and told in an absorbing manner this is peppered with anicdotes and stories from people and players that were there. This is a balanced view that provides the strengths and weaknesses of both Jack and Bobby although on occasion the author does show his dislike of some peripheral characters and individuals which actually adds to the entertainment.
One of the better football biographies I have read, and I've read quite a few!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars England's Finest Get The Book They Deserve, 20 Nov 2002
This review is from: Jack and Bobby: A story of brothers in conflict (Hardcover)
Leo McKinstry has written a very well-researched, insightful biography of these very different brothers. Both were and are wonderful footballers and ambassadors for the game, but couldn't be more different as people. Most football biographies are little more than a string of anecdotes, this book gets beneath the skin of the subjects and gives a real insight into their world and what made them the people they are. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, one of the best football related books I have read., 9 April 2008
Jack and Bobby is an excellent book full of insights into the most successful footballing brothers England has ever produced. It not only deals with their footballing careers but also their personal and private lives and sheds light on why these two legends of the game are not as close as you would think. The part on their careers is very interesting and also suggests why the two are viewed differently partly because of what positions they played, their differing attitudes and temperaments but also which teams they played for. The best part of this book however deals with the early career of Bobby Charlton up to and including the Munich air crash and its aftermath which I feel is one of the most moving things I have ever read. All in all this is an excellent book and I would reccomend it to anyone not just football fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers United, 5 Aug 2007
One of the better biographies a pleasure to read.

Well written and befitting of the finest brothers to grace english football.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good football book, finally, 24 Feb 2014
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well written, a real picture of life in post-war mining communities in Northern England. A good portrait of the personalities of both brothers. It doesn't try to dish the dirt but does give you a good insight into how they both work. Both brothers come out of the book as real, identifiable people.

I enjoyed this. Leo McKinstry is a good football journalist
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift, 11 Sep 2013
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I brought this as a gift for my Dad. He likes to read but usually takes ages to finish a book but kept on with this and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack & Bobby, 4 April 2013
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Bobby and Jack Charlton are probably the most famous sporting brothers on the planet. Behind their success lies the story of their relationship together. This book tells their story through that angle, and its one that many sibling rivals might emphasise with. Excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!!!, 1 Sep 2011
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This was an excellent read by a first class writer. A lot was disclosed that had not been previously known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a book, 19 July 2010
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If you are a football fan, a British Isles social history fan and/or simply a bit of a person prone to enjoying some of the better aspects of nostalgia this is a book that you will totally enjoy. Every time I picked it up to read a bit more such was the standard of the writing quality and the authors method of telling this story that I began to worry that at some inevitable point the book would be coming to an end and I would be sadly reaching the last page. Leo McKinstry has a way of chatting away to you with his writing style and it is a real page turner. So, 5 stars without even the slightest hesitation. It is a real gem of a book.
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