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Never Had It So Good: Burnley's Incredible 1959/60 League Title Triumph Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2009
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"A brilliant exercise in historical context, placing the adventures of one of Burnley's best-ever teams both against and within a sharp backdrop of a town worried about its economic future and of a country both gloomily grappling with a diminished global status and yet furtively sniffing the first intoxicating whiffs of a space-age future." --London Clarets Magazine
"Packed with immense detail, terrific research and evocative writing, it should sit proudly on any Burnley fan's bookshelf. Well done Tim, it is a wonderful tribute to a terrific achievement" --Clarets Mad
"Tim's superb achievement in capturing both the football side and social aspect of those heady times ensures this masterfully worded and fully-illustrated book will become a truly definitive work." --Colne Times
Packed with immense detail, terrific research and evocative writing, it should sit proudly on any Burnley fan's bookshelf. Well done Tim, it is a wonderful tribute to a terrific achievement --Clarets-mad
'Tim's superb achievement in capturing both the football side & social aspect of those heady times ensures this masterfully worded & fully-illustrated book will become a truly definitive work'. --Colne Times
About the Author
Tim Quelch developed his passion for Burnley FC when he moved to Lancashire in the late 1960s. This is his second book about the club, after the success of Forever And Ever, a collection of supporters' recollections. Tim will donate his earnings to the club's youth development programme.
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But I was wrong; this is a must-read book!
Despite the fact that I was just too young to appreciate this team, and see them play live, I certainly heard all about them from my brother who was a regular and would provide first-hand reports, whilst the TV and radio used to show interest in our successful side. Nevertheless, it all seemed a long time ago - until I read Tim's book, when, with deft wording and allusions to contemporary history (local and national) he has made the period come alive and you can feel yourself back in the crowd shouting from a cramped Longside or Bee Hole End in encouragement of our heroes.
Tim is not from Burnley, and he wasn't at these matches, so it makes his awareness of the subject matter and infectious enthusiasm for his subject much more note-worthy. You can almost smell the embrocation in the dressing room, feel the tackles as they crunch in and hear the fizz of the net each time the ball hits the back of it. However, we seemed to lose so many matches and our hero Jimmy Mac was injured for so much of the season. How did we do it? A team that worked for each other through thick and thin is the answer - people we are introduced to one by one and who we feel we would love to have a pint with or meet at a dinner party to get the first hand knowledge of those days when it was possible for almost any team to have dreams of stardom.
For many of us, the fifties and early sixties seem to be in black and white, but Tim provides colour and vigour to this period (although he does not hold back on the industrial decline in the town). His writing style is infectious and his enthusiasm oozes through the pages. His ability to combine local, national and international events is staggering. I feel like I have had a history lesson as well.
A highly recommended book for all football fans - and, come on, now we're back in the Premiership and courted by the media aren't they your secret 'second team' anyway?
As the years passed we all clung onto those memories never believing we would see the like again. What a time for Tim Quelch to write this book, just 50 years on and the team back in the top flight again.
Stories down the years have been told about the 'sixties' and now todays fans can savour the feelings we had back then. Every time hope has threatened to become reality the glory days have been quoted.
Now a surge of fervour not known in the lives of the majority shows the passion of the little town team and todays fans cant get enough. Wembley and all that has followed will be remembered just as the older ones amongst us remember the sixties.
Tim's book takes us back into those years when we were the big boys and feared no-one, beat anyone and packed the Turf to capacity. Walking down Yorkshire Street to the ground and dodging back through the crowds afterwards having cheered myself hoarse, swinging my rattle relentlessly behind the Cricket Field end goal feet from the nets and living and breathing every glorious minute. We thought it would never end.
Now this book has re-created for me exactly the atmosphere and the memories of those days with its detail, interviews, pictures and deep thoughts to brilliantly re-create a seemingly bygone age.
Thank you Tim for taking the time and effort in creating this masterpiece which all Claret fans NEED to read. Get a feel of the pulsating atmosphere of huge crowds from on and off the pitch. As a young boy of that era I always held the players in awe and if I were to meet one in the street tomorrow I would probably find it difficult to speak to him. This is how memories stay with you and Tim has re-opened the past and invited all Claret fans back there, and you know what, even though you know there will be a happy championship ending it still builds up to a thrilling conclusion.
Tim has also painted a picture of life in Burnley during those years, which I never dwelled upon much. My worries were typical of a young sporty boy and not really worries at all. So my thanks, Tim, for making me realise just what an incredible achievement this was against the social and economic dilemmas of the time.
Good luck to Clarets past and present!
Enjoy the book.
I dont often read a book more than once but this will always be there for me and I will be reading it with some regularity.
Stuart (now of Fleetwood)
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