A great account of a momentous period for British and Irish hockey (back in the day when some Irish internationals could play for GB). Brings back great memories of getting up early to watch all the hockey matches in the days when the Olympics was the only chance to watch the sport on TV A real trip down memory lane with fascinating insights made all the more enjoyable by the quality of writing
Rod Gilmour's book is a well-written account of Olympic Gold success in an era where the players were distinctly amateur. It is well-researched, and the reader gets an insight into the lead up to Seoul, with players sharing their stories and outlining clearly the sacrifices they made in pursuit of that gold medal. The author paints a picture as dramatic as any of the video recordings still available, with Barry 'frankly who cares' Davies writing the foreword. It offers an insight into single-minded sports management, with many reflections on the impact of the late Roger Self. An excellent read.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, which includes interviews with players, action reports from the matches, and insights into the unique coaching style of Roger Self. Truly depicts the commitment necessary to become Olympic champions at a time when the players were all totally amateur in financial terms but totally professional in every other way.