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The Boys from the Black Country: A fan’s history of Wolverhampton Wanderers from way back when to just about now Paperback – 14 Oct 2010
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The hilarious book covers Wolves from ‘Victorian times to the razzmatazz of the Premier League’. Gold, a fan since watching TV coverage of the 1960 FA Cup final against Blackburn, has penned a winner.
The text is faithful to the facts – there is no misrepresentation amongst the imagery … extremely entertaining and readable club history
About the Author
Mark Gold the author of six books, including a novel 'Cranks And Revolutions' (2008) and 'Living Without Cruelty' (1988), voted by The Observer as one of the top green books of the period. Mark also works for Animal Aid and Citizens Advice. He now lives in Devon.
Top customer reviews
really informative. While it's a must for Wolves fan with its in-depth, easy
to read history of the club and its relationship with its fans and the town of
Wolverhampton, its also got lots of fascinating stuff about football in general -
from the fight against hooliganism and racism, to the century long debate about
whether players are overpaid or drink too much!
On top of this, Mark Gold tries to place events on the football field in a wider
context, so, for instance, the sacking of Wolves' most successful manager, Stan
Cullis, is related to the growth of youth culture, including concert appearances at
The Gaumont in Wolverhampton by The Beatles. It makes sense, too: - the strict,
old-fashioned ways of the manager didn't carry the same authority with young
players of the 1960s generation as it had done with those who played for Wolves
soon after the war.
What I really like about The Boys from the Black Country is the way it really
brings the past alive, so you feel like you're almost there when Gold tries to
imagine what it was like making your way to Molineux on a wet, winter night in
1953 to watch the famous match in which Wolves beat Honved of Hungary -
thought at the time to be the best team in the world.
But most of all, in places the book is really funny. One of my favourite bits is an
imagined conversation between Glenn Hoddle's agents and Jez Moxey, about
the appointment of Hoddle's training staff.
`No problem', said Jez Moxey, `Who would he like to bring in?'
`His brother, Carl.'
`Really. I haven't heard too much about him. Has he been coaching overseas?'
`Not exactly, no'.
`Keeping a low profile, scouting in the lower leagues, I suppose?'
`No, actually he's been working for six years as a pub landlord and a car salesman.
Glenn thinks he'll make a great coach and scout for the club.'
`Well, he certainly uniquely qualified for the job! You think he's the man who'll
discover the next Matt Murray or Robbie Keane, then?'
`I'm not sure about that, but he'll be perfect for spotting the next Nissan Micra.'
As all Wolves fans know, the appointment of Hoddle as manager proved
disastrous, and brother Carl seemed to do nothing much more important than
collect the balls up before kick-off! There's some equally perceptive and light-
hearted bits about many episodes in Wolves' history, though Mick McCarthy gets
off quite lightly!
The whole book is a great read and not to be missed.
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