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East End Heroes, Stateside Kings Hardcover – 7 Jan 2008
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About the Author
Dr Brian Belton, is now a Senior Lecture at the YMCA George Williams College in Canning, an experienced author, sociologist, critical anthropologist and social historian, he continues to work in the heart of the docklands, his blood maintains the hues of 'Hammer Crimson' and the cobalt of hot iron.
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For example, the chapter on Ade Coker suddenly stops on the 19th page as the author goes off and profiles Giorgio Chinaglia, Teofilo Cubillas, Phil Woosnam and Bobby Howe for 27 1/2 pages. What? Why? Other than the fact with Coker they either players, coaches or commissioners in the late great NASL, I fail to see how they directly influenced Coker in his playing career other than marginally. Even if Woosnam and Howe had West Ham connections, it's just plain a stretch to link them to Coker. Let alone to group Coker, who was a decent player, but named to just one end-of-season NASL All-Star and as a 2nd team all-star at that, with perennial All-Stars Chinaglia and Cubillas is just plain weird.
I felt the chapter on Clyde Best had way too much on what he's done of late with the Bermudan national soccer team rather than focusing again more on his accomplishments during his NASL days. Even in the Best chapter we learn he was living in California yet it's only pages later we find out why--he ended up playing in the MISL indoor league with the LA Lazers and later started a dry cleaning business in California.
Only the section on Clive Charles seems to genuinely prove the title of the book in that Charles was heavily involved post-playing career coaching at the college and national team level in the U.S. Yet even in that the majority of the chapter is taken up with profiles of American men's and women's soccer players such as Kasey Keller or Tiffeny Milbrett.
If the author stuck with writing about these three players and how they influenced the game of soccer in the U.S. I'd be onboard but other than Charles, I don't see where the other two really had the impact that would warrant the declaration of the book's title. Even the subtitle "The Amazing Story of Three Football Players Who Changed the World" seems pure hyperbole.
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