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This review is from: Ron Reynolds: The Life of a 1950's Journeyman Footballer (Hardcover)
This is a fine and much under-estimated book ....... it should be read by other than die-hard Spurs fans (such as me) and especially by people like journalists searching for awareness. Reynolds was a good, no more than average goalkeeper: he certainly had his detractors at late 50s Spurs and was in and out of the team, eventually needing, after one particular drubbing, to be prescribed contact lenses! He fell by the wayside as the double team came together and moved on. No grandiose claims are made for Ron, but his honest story comes through in such a way as to illuminate the life of a player in those times when goalkeepers came off from the average game bruised and battered and covered with mud.
I saw this man play many times and this account by Bowler, assisted by Ron's son, both brings those times back to life, and also tells me so much more about the man and the times that I didn't know. It is NOT a fan book written by a hack, but a genuine, honest, loving and moving account from real life. Read it and put the state of modern Premier League football into some perspective. Readers will also be intrigued by the excellent illustrations of artefacts collected by Ron himself.
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