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The History of Royston Town Football Club Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Bookshop (1 Nov. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1871510333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871510331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,357,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must read for anyone who has any interest in non-league football whether or not they are associated with Royston. It provides a fascinating insight into one of Royston's oldest sporting organisations and takes you on a rollercoaster journey across 137 years of the Club's history. The author brings to life many of the Club's key personalities in terms of players, supporters and officials. The book has been painstakingly researched and written over a period of five years, and reveals for the first time many previously unreported facts about the Club and the people who have been involved with it over the decades. Even for those who are not avid football fans the book provides many interesting perspectives on the social history of the town and all those connected with the Club. Author has adopted a very informal style of writing which takes the book way beyond what you might expect from a standard history book. There is no doubt that it will be seen as an excellent addition to the history of the Royston and is certain to become a real collector's item.

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This is a wonderful account of the history of Royston Town Football Club and written from the heart of a man who has nearly 40 years involvement there.

Alan has not been afraid to express his opinion on certain happenings over the years but this is done with all the right intentions as he ‘tells it like it is’.

I was only able to get to go and see RTFC for a few years in the late 70’s and early 80’s but this book brings back so many vivid and happy memories of those times and the players, supporters and club officials that I got to know.

You can ‘take the man out of the town but you never take the town out of the man’ and even though I left Royston in 1983, I have always looked for the Crows result. For many years this mean scouring the newspapers to see if they carried the results of the South Midlands and Isthmian Leagues. Nowadays with the internet and social media, I can follow their progress, if not live, then within a few minutes of the final whistle.

The names of today's players mean very little to me but they represent this wonderful Club and it is the Club that matters.

It is only right that so much history and appreciation of those key people involved over the years is set in print. Many people named in this book are those I can recall and I hope their families see this as a wonderful tribute to the work they put in. I never expected a mention in a book which gives thanks to so many wonderful people and to find my name in there for playing a small part in ‘off the field’ support was a great pleasure. I was just doing my best for my home-town club!

I have read numerous football biographies which then end up on the shelf or in a second-hand shop. Alan Barlow’s book is one that I will treasure for posterity as being part of my life.

For anyone with a sporting interest who has known Royston, this is a must-read
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