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When Football Was Football: Legends

17 December 2014
Adam Powley
Out Now

Few sports hail their heroes as quickly as football, with stars born in the blink of an eye, but When Football Was Football: Legends looks past the over-paid players and multi-coloured boots of today, back to real legends like Moore, Best and Dalglish who made the beautiful game what it is.

They are the men who made the game great - the superstars who captivated not just the fans of their clubs but the whole country. They are the top strikers, the lethal goalscorers, the midfield magicians and dynamos; the defensive rocks and the inspirational leaders; the cult heroes, dazzling wingers, hardest of hardmen, and proven winners.

Footballers who were so good they lived up to the old cliché - it was worth the entrance money alone just to watch them play. When Football Was Football - Legends selects and showcases 40 of the greatest footballers to grace the pitches of the English game.

Author Adam Powley says:

“Legends are players that will be remembered forever, not those who shine in a 30 second YouTube clip and this book brings together some of the greats. Being a legend isn’t simply about being the best, but about winning your way into the hearts of your club or country.

“The stories of these players are the stories of the game – from a time when players were honest and dutiful servants, to the cusp of the modern era. I’m sure some of the picks will have readers nodding in agreement, but will no doubt enrage others for the absentees who didn’t make the cut. That’s part of the strength of the game that opinions can be so divided.”

In a series of wonderful profiles, When Football Was Football - Legends celebrates the outstanding players of the sport, and marks their impact on their clubs and the wider sport. Focusing on the greats of the last half century, and a time before the Premier League, it charts their careers and achievements, showing just what it was what made them so special.

Using superb photographs from the archives of the Daily Mirror, this book illustrates not just the legends’ sporting prowess, but their life away from the glare of the floodlights, or the rapt attention of the watching thousands. Here are the great players behind the scenes, as seen in a series of exceptional photos, many never before published.

From Best to Banks, Blanchflower to Bell, George to Gascoigne and across the clubs, this is a wonderful reflection on the true greats of the game... from a time when football provided so many legends deserving of the name.

About the author

Adam Powley is a journalist, lecturer and a writer of over 20 books. He is the author of a number of award-nominated books including volumes on cricket, boxing and horse racing in Haynes’ illustrated sporting history series.

He is also the co-author of the award-winning 61: The Spurs Double (written with Martin Cloake and Doug Cheeseman). He has written a number of titles on military history, popular music, the World Cup, Pele, and several books on Tottenham Hotspur. Adam has also reported and written for the Sunday Mirror, The Times, The Guardian and Time Out.

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