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Jimmy Adamson: The Man Who Said No to England Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178656
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Thomas is the author of 11 previous books on his beloved Burnley FC which, along with his charity dinners, have raised thousands of pounds for the club. He has also written for The Times Educational Supplement, and had several short stories published about his (sometimes) hilarious time as a head teacher in a small village school near Leeds.


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PITS, POTTS, LORD OF THE MANOR,THIS BOOK COULD BE CATHERINE COOKSONS DOMAIN! DAVE THOMAS SHOULD PASS THIS ON TO SCRIPT-WRITERS,FOR JIMMY ADAMSON WOULD BE ONE BUT FAR FROM ONLY COMPLEX AND INTERESTING CHARACTER TO HANG YOUR HAT ON! ,AS THE STORY UNFOLDS...FOR FANS OF SMALL TOWN/CITY CLUBS YOU WILL REALISE YOU ARE FOREVER TRAPPED IN A HOPELESS CAUSE FOR BURNLEY WERE THE HIGHEST WATER MARK FOR THE UNDERDOG, AND JIMMYS DREAM FOR THE 70S AND BEYOND WAS CUT OFF BEFORE HIS MANAGERIAL REIGN STARTED THROUGH THE FREEDOM WON BY PLAYERS TRAPPED ON LOW WAGES,AND THE PRISON OF BEING RETAINED BY DESPOTIC CHAIRMAN. FOR ME JIMMY ADAMSON'S TRAGEDY IN FOOTBALL WAS HIS LOYALTY!!!TO HIS CLUB AND TOWN, THEN MOVING ON FOR MORE OF THE SAME!!!!.HAD HE FOLLOWED THROUGH AND JOINED SPARTA ROTTERDAM IN 1976,HIS CAREER COULD HAVE BEEN OF THE GREAT BOBBY ROBSON! THE REAL TRAGEDY OF HIS LIFE THOUGH WAS TO LOSE THOSE MOST DEAREST TO HIM AND THE PHOTO'S OF HIS FAMILY,WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING A LUMP TO THE THROAT. DEREK DOOGAN IN ONE OF HIS MANY BOOKS SPOKE OF CLUBS COPYING EVERY IDEA WHEN SUCCESS COMES TO OTHERS,(STILL TRUE) AS A FAN OF SOUTHAMPTON IN THE 70S/80S I NOW KNOW WHERE THEY WERE COMING FROM..FROM BURNLEY WE HAD BOB LORDS DARLING BRIAN O'NEIL IN THE SIXTIES/70S,WE HAD THE NO1 SCOUT JACK HIXON!!!!ON THE COACHING STAFF WE HAD DAVE MERRINGTON..AND THE TWIST ON ALL THESE IDEA,S WAS LAWRIE MAC THE MANAGER DOING WHAT JIMMY ADAMSON COULD NOT...THAT IS NOT SELLING BUT PUTTING OUR BEST YOUNG PLAYERS ALONGSIDE GREAT STARS...SAD TO SAY THE RESULT WAS THE SAME AS JIMMYS..WHAT IF!!!Read more ›
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As someone who watched Burnley towards the end of Jimmy Adamson's playing career, throughout his time (bad, good, bad) as a manager, I was curious to know more about how someone descended from the heights of 1962 (FA Cup runner up, First Division runner up, Footballer of the Year, England Assistant manager at World Cup Finals) to someone who walked from football within 20 years at the age of 51.
A great read, especially for Burnley fans and those who lived through the period who will have the context for many of the events described.
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An unsung hero; a "player's player"; an often difficult and sometimes introverted individual; a man with an intellectual approach to football. Jimmy Adamson was all of these. His life was tinged with sadness and a sense of betrayal; albeit towards the very end there was a sense of rapprochement where Adamson felt able to go home to the club where he had made his name. This latest work from the prolific Dave Thomas captures the essence of one the greatest ever to wear the claret and blue shirt. Recommended.
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Well written , but it does indeed pose many questions that are still and may well always be unanswered. i would have liked to be asked to give my views on Mr A , as i was for some years closer to him ,than many who were interviewed and commented on the subject. All in all must have been difficult to write ,but good as expected, given the intensity of feeling around the Characters in the Book.
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It was great to read a book about a manager of a provincial club who had such an influence on the English game. I never realised that Burnley were such a force and had such an influence over the game. The bitterness and difficult periods were well covered, I would thoroughly recommend anyone who has an interest in football to read this book to broaden their knowledge.
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As a Leeds fan who actively took part in the demonstrations at Elland Road to have Adamson (and several of the Leeds directors) removed in 1978 to 1980, I found this a very interesting read. It goes into detail about Jimmy's private life, which is both revealing as well as saddening. Well worth a read.
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In a world dominated by sprawling, faceless organisations, how often are we inclined to yearn for the days of yore when it seemed as if warm, personal commercial operations, embodying family-like features, were more prevalent? And yet, as Dave Thomas's intriguing biography of Jimmy Adamson suggests, these family-like organisations of yester-year were not immune to internecine strife.

Jimmy Adamson is not a household name, at least among those not yet of a 'certain age', and without any association with the former 'Cotton towns' of North East Lancashire, or with Sunderland AFC immediately after Bob Stokoe's glorious Roker reign, or with Leeds United of the late 70s, still in mourning at Don Revie's departure. The late Jimmy Adamson was formerly a professional footballer with Burnley FC during the immediate Post-war years - a Rolls Royce defender whose poise, power and positional acumen drew copious plaudits from his fellow players and members of the press but, alas, no international recognition - at least in terms of full representative honours - during a playing career which spanned the late forties, the fifties and early sixties. He was rightly awarded Footballer of the Year in 1962, though. This was the year in which he captained his club side in a memorable FA Cup final against Spurs, having led them to the First Division title in 1960 - a remarkable triumph given that Burnley was then the smallest town or city to produce a Football League Championship-winning side, with that team assembled at lower cost than any of the First Division champions before it. Those distinctions still apply to this day if the history of the English Premiership is added to that of the Football League's premier competition.
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