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This review is from: The Major: The Life and Times of Frank Buckley (Paperback)The author has done a fine job in bringing public attention to an overlooked character within the English game. However, there are some concerns with the final result.
The first is a lack of index; I find myself scratching my head as to why any one writing an historical book would omit such a thing. The second is a lack of a bibliography. The author conceals his evidence for a reason known only to himself. He writes that Buckley wrote this or said that but never actually mentions the source of these. Why? What would be wrong in just listing what was read and where to find it in order to get a fuller picture?
Like most football histories the results assume far greater importance, unfortunately, than the performances and desires of the people who produced them and there's a fair bit of that here too.
In Marshall Cavendish's Book of Football (1972) Buckley comes across as being a prisoner to circumstance: directors in financial peril (Norwich, Wolves) asking him to turn miracles by buying cheap and selling dear and then hiding behind the camouflage of the boardroom when the crowd gets restless but what appears to be missed is the blessing bestowed by the War on Buckley.
The pomp of becoming a Major and the slightly overlooked relationship between Frederick J Wall (a 'representative of the Football Association' the author calls him) (when, in fact, he was the Secretary of the Football Association for 50 years) and Buckley. A godfather to the irascible soldier.