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Football Ambassador: The Autobiography of an Arsenal Legend Paperback – 30 Nov 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: GCR Books (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955921120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955921124
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Signed by Herbert Chapman from Kettering Town for £950, Eddie Hapgood, the part-time milkman, joined Arsenal in 1927 and made a total of 440 appearances in both league and cup before retiring in 1944. In addition he captained England for 34 of his 43 international caps.


Football Ambassador was the first football autobiography and was written at the end of a long and successful career for both club and country.


Hapgood tells the story of his career, introduces the great players of his era and recounts his experiences with Arsenal and England with both honesty and a touch of humour.


Eddie Hapgood remains sixteenth on Arsenal's all-time appearance list, a central figure in the side that dominated English football in the 1930's, a true gentleman and an Arsenal legend.


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I received a copy of this book from Arsenal FC as part of the membership pack prior to the 2010/2011 season.It is a fscinating reminder of an era long gone.When players were receiving about £10 per week in the season,when a player such as David Jack smoked a lot and ate chocolates and if you played for England you could either have a fee or a gold medal.Hapgood won 43 caps and captined England in all but 9.Bear in mind that England would normally play 5 games in a year.So you probably have to double that to get a reflection of the number of caps Hapgood would have won in modern football.Books such as this are invaluable since the filmed records of matches pre war are very poor.Newsreels did not seem to be able to run to filming all 90 minutes so what we have is indistinct images cut together in haphazard fashion.Also consider that there is no record of the 1936 final because of a dispute between the FA and the newsreel companies.Also bear in mind the often awkward angle from which the newsreels were shot.At Highbury the news camera position was at the Clock End adjacent to the West Stand.It is impossible to see what football in the 30s was really like.So to read a book such as this is truly a worthwhile experience.Much thanks to Arsenal for this.
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As the sub-title of this book tells us, Football Ambassador is the autobiography of an Arsenal legend.
For those Arsenal fans not familiar with the name of Eddie Hapgood or the role he played for Arsenal in the all-conquering era of the 1930s then it's time you found out.
As captain of Arsenal and England, Eddie Hapgood was the Tony Adams of his generation. In addition to his Arsenal honours (5 league championships and 2 FA Cup winners medals), Hapgood was capped 43 times for England. This might not sound too impressive until you appreciate that this was before the days of Englands participation on the World Cup and before the European Championships even existed. In today terms 43 caps would equate to more than 100.
This country has produced few full-backs as good as Eddie Hapgood and fewer still have worn the red and white of Arsenal.
This book was used by Arsenal Football Club as one of the gifts in their membership pack for the 2010/2011 season. As such many fans will now own a copy. For those who don't I recommend this as money well spent.
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Eddie Hapgood was quite a person and clearly a fine footballer. It is worth reading after all these years if you are an Arsenal fan or simply want to get an understanding of what being a footballer was all about in the 1930s. It does read in a dated way, as you can only expect. It also skims too briefly over some of the more interesting elements of his career with very little real insight into the personalities of those he played football with.
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