When Footballers Were Skint A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football
Long before permatanned football agents and TV mega-rights ushered in the age of the multi-millionaire player, footballers’ wages were capped – even the game's biggest names earned barely more than a plumber or electrician.
Footballing legends like Sir Tom Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews shared a bond of borderline penury with the huge crowds they entertained on Saturday afternoons, often on pitches that were a world away from the pristine lawns of the game’s modern era. Instead of the gleaming, expensive sports cars driven by today’s top players, the stars of yesteryear travelled to matches on public transport and, after the game, returned to homes every bit as modest as those of their supporters. Players and fans would even sometimes be next-door neighbours in a street of working-class terraced houses.
Based on the first-hand accounts of players from a fast-disappearing generation, When Footballers Were Skint relates the fascinating story of a truly great sporting era. All of us who call ourselves football fans owe the book’s multifarious cast our thanks for bequeathing our national game such a rich and deeply human heritage.
This is both an important historical record as well as an immensely entertaining book. Highly recommended.Greville Waterman
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- Hardback, 356 pages
- ISBN: 9781785903847
- 24 May 2018
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