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Johnny Haynes: Portrait of a Football Genius Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2017
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"England and Fulham captain Haynes was the David Beckham of his day. His £100-a-week wage paved the way for today's lucrative stars - one of the funniest moments is Bobby Robson enviously ruing he was earning only £25 - yet he has been hugely overlooked... until now." --Sunday Mirror Christmas Book Review
"Powerful. Thoughtful, building layers of anecdote and skilfully co-ordinating the impressions of numerous contemporaries. Vivid portrayal. The essence of the player is captured permanently." --When Saturday Comes
"Affectionate but balanced. A fine job" --Backpass
"Poignant. Showbiz anecdotes. Football's first celebrity." --SportsBookoftheMonth.com
"A compelling picture of a football superstar" --The League Magazine
About the Author
James Gardner has been a Fulham supporter for over 50 years. He is the author of four books: Sweet Bells Jangled Out of Tune, a history of the Sussex Lunatic Asylum (St Francis Hospital, Haywards Heath); The Trail of the Serpent, the true story of the Balcombe Tunnel murder of 1881; The First British Railway Murder and A History of the Brighton Workhouses. James has recently appeared on Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys.
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Johnny Haynes was arguably the first of the modern day superstar footballers who emerged out of the post-war gloom. While Haynes on field persona was domineering and demanding he was otherwise charming, generous and a somewhat shy man.
James Gardner’s book gives a warm insight and depth into Johnny Haynes life; a life of a world class footballer who took his responsibilities to the game and Fulham FC in particular earnestly but in every other way was the most understated superstar of his era or of any other.