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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Achievement, 4 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Never Had It So Good: Burnley's Incredible 1959/60 League Title Triumph (Paperback)
Burnley is the smallest town ever to have won the title of English football league champions. This book celebrates the team of 1959-60, which, although not the first Burnley side to prove themselves the best in the land, did so within living memory and in the face of burgeoning economic and social pressures that would soon make such an achievement virtually impossible to contemplate. "Never Had It So Good" draws on first hand recollections from eight surviving members of the team, as well as an extensive range of other primary and secondary sources. Written with both wit and a forensic eye for detail, this is an unusual hybrid of a book: packed with football history and a number of wonderful, atmospheric photographs, and yet almost as valuable as a commentary on how a typical, small manufacturing town of the day faced up to impending economic decline and social disruption. As such, "Never Had It So Good" is an absolute must-read for all Burnley fans, but is also an original and insightful investigation into English football on the cusp of wholesale change, and will fascinate all those interested in the roots of those perennial questions about the ability of the English to play football with brains as well as brawn. Highly recommended.
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