Best, Pele and a Half-time Bovril

By Andrew Smart

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  • Publication Date: 8 May 2014
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781782198864
eBook (ePub)
ISBN: 9781784180690



For supporters of provincial lightweights like Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, their wishes came true in the seventies when they landed the Division One title. It was the decade of the underdog - when the FA cup was still football's Holy Grail and teams like Sunderland, Ipswich and Southampton came up from the sticks to produce their own brand of Wembley magic. It is not like that today. It was the decade when every team had its characters: Stan Bowles, Charlie Gregory, Duncan McKenzie, Frank Worthington, Tony Currie, Rodney Marsh. These personalities are gone now, replaced by an influx of anonymous foreign journeymen. This book harks back to a lost era when the game still belonged to the fans; they could identify with the players, recognise their heroes, and believe they all had a shot at glory. It remembers dramatic matches packed with action and controversy; recalls mercurial managers like Shankly, Clough, Revie and the Doc - and asks the question: who was the finest player from football's last great decade?

About the author

Andrew Smart spent more than 40 years in journalism before he retired to concentrate on writing in 2012. He spent most of his career with the Nottingham Post, before becoming deputy news editor and community news editor. He was also editor of the newspaper's nostalgia magazine Bygones. He has written books about Nottingham's past, Coxmoor Golf Club, and a collection of stories about unsung war heroes, Their Names Will Live On.

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