My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes

My Father and Other Working Class Heroes A beautifully written and moving account of the author s search for the man his father was and the life he led as a well known footballer at a time when the men who played the game and those who wat

  • Title: My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes
  • Author: Gary Imlach
  • ISBN: 9780224072670
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A beautifully written and moving account of the author s search for the man his father was, and the life he led as a well known footballer at a time when the men who played the game, and those who watched it, led fundamentally the same lives together in the same communities.

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    1. Gary Imlach has succeeded in writing an excellent and revealing story of his father's football career. Stewart Imlach was a player I'd never heard of before reading this book. A flying winger, he was a Scottish international in the 1950s and represented them in the 1958 World Cup. He played for a variety of clubs south of the border, most notably at Nottingham Forest in the earlier stages of his career where he appeared and starred in their victorious '59 FA Cup winning side. Once retired from p [...]

    2. I got My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes by Gary Imlach for Christmas about 10 years ago amongst a collection of books about footie; my newly discovered passion. I read quite a few of them, but unfortunately, for no particular reason, this one was relegated to my 'to-be-read' bookshelf. I have to say I'm glad that I dusted it off as an end 2016 selection as it was an excellent book.The story follows Stewart Imlach, a Scottish football player, an excellent winger who had a successful career [...]

    3. I must declare a personal connection with this book,if a very tentative one.I had the pleasure of knowing the Imlach family while Stewart was playing for Crystal Palace and living in Addiscombe in Croydon in the mid-60s.I was friends with Gary's older brother Stephen and thus knew the authour as a small boy8 or 9.d his even younger brother,Michael.I often played with them,& occasionally met father Stewart,a quiet,unassuming man with a ready smile & a kind word for a slightly stage-struck [...]

    4. I'd been thinking about reading this book for ages, but feared it might be a bit cloying and cliched. It's not. It's an absorbing, beautiful reflection on how football, and by extension Britain and working-class tradition, has changed so much since the 1950s, some of the changes good, some of them bad, some inevitable. It's done through the portrait of the author's father, but this portrait isn't sentimental - it's a thorough attempt to understand him through his own achievements and failings an [...]

    5. What started out as one man's attempt to get to know more about his father's footballing career turns into a study of how the game has changed in the last 60 years. It's emotional, heart-warming, and by the end you feel you know Stuart Imlach almost as well as his son Gary does.

    6. This isn’t a typical football book, not that I read many. Rather, it is three distinct books which don’t always sit well together. The first, as much because it starts the book this way as the fact that it seems the primary motivation for Imlach’s writing, is a very personal insight into his father’s footballing life. A son’s devotion to his departed dad shines from the pages but only ever briefly engages the reader fully. The second book within this book is the historical (statistical [...]

    7. Another great book from my Dad! Journalist Gary Imlach goes in search of his father's professional football career - an area that he never gave enough attention while he was still around.He spends time discussing his football schooling in Lossiemouth, his career in England (including Cup win) and for Scotland with the ridiculous 50s transfer and contract systems and finally his coaching and later years in the game. He has obvious pride in his father's achievements and a keen eye for the wider hi [...]

    8. A personal biography by Gary Imlach of his father's player career. Rather sadly, the project only gathered pace after the death of his father and there is a slight undertone of melancholy in certain parts.What the book does fantastically well is to provide an insight into what being a football player was really like in the 1950s and 1960s. We all know about the abolition of the maximum (or should do), but do we really know what the real-life implications were of the retain-and-transfer system?Ot [...]

    9. I love these old football stories , how the game used to be before money ruined it.This book shows how the players were treated as nothing more than serfs in the 1950's , clubs could sack you and hold your registration blocking you from playing , it would take the bosman ruling decades later to change this.Other little stories are in there as Gary Imlach follows his fathers playing career

    10. I really enjoyed this book as I am of an age that c an relate very closely to this era (Gary and I are the same age). It details what football (soccer) was like here in England through the 50s, 60s and into the 70s, so different to today's multi million pound stars and businesses. Having watched Gary commentate on the Tour de France for the past 20 years I can as I read, hear his voice narrating his father's story. And that makes the story more interesting and brings it to life. For anyone who h [...]

    11. The story of his fathers football career in the 1950's. It is hard to believe how different it was back then. The statistical stuff you could find anywhere, but this book is at its best when comparing the life of a footballer in those days, to the riches that top players earn today. Fascinating insights about the maximum wage for a player being only £15 a week, when some of the bigger factories were paying their workers £11. To get around this, most big clubs (in this case Nottingham Forest. W [...]

    12. This is an excellent book and it is a little unfair to pigeon hole it as many do. This book is about a man finding his father when its too late. If we are honest we are all a little bit like Gary Imlach, we wished we had been a bit more interested in our fathers life, for many it is too late and you find the love when its too late. A really touching interesting book on a number of levels, the story of a journeyman footballer, a unsung local hero, but a husband and a father.Gary does his dad prou [...]

    13. Kirjoittaja kiinnostuu isänsä Stewart Imlachin äkillisen kuoleman jälkeen tämän jalkapallourasta. Skotlantilainen Imlach pelasi lyhyehkön uran huipputasolla 1950- ja -60 –luvuilla. Tarinasta tulee viehättävä matka sen ajan Englantiin. Jalkapallo oli työläisammatti muiden joukossa, mutta sitä tehtiin suurella intohimolla

    14. One of the most moving and in-depth social commentaries of our age. Like one of the reviews states, every professional football player should have a copy of this book to help them appreciate the lengths of their former professionals. The beautiful game has never been so eloquently and honestly described in such a succinct fashion. Read it now.

    15. Really enjoyed this and, like most I'd imagine, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two in the final chaper. Will hopefully post a full review on the blog at some point.

    16. Presented football as it was, in an at times moving way. Imagine Ryan Giggs and David Beckham getting the local bus to the stadium on a matchday as Imlach's father did!

    17. A well written and decidedly lovely account of how footbalersl were when they were on a working wage and had to get a job to get them over the lean summer months between seasons.

    18. A nice read. I am always so interested in English culture and football. Not as good as Fever Pitch, but not bad.

    19. A great book written about football before the minimum wage where players were no more than serfs to their club. The soul of the game before sky even existed!!

    20. I've always respected Gary as a journalist and as the host of cycling coverage in the UK. This is an interesting and enjoyable journey to join him in discovering his father's football career.

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