Jack and Bobby: A Story of Brothers in Conflict

Jack and Bobby: A Story of Brothers in Conflict

Hardback

By (author) Leo McKinstry

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  • Publisher: HarperCollinsWillow
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 240mm x 51mm | 928g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007118767
  • ISBN 13: 9780007118762
  • Illustrations note: 40 col plates (16pp)

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Tracing the parallel lives of Jack and Bobby Charlton, this book follows them from their schooldays through to the present day. The brothers both played prominent roles in the finest hour of English football, the 1966 World Cup triumph. Each played for the dominant club of their era, and summed up the style of their respective teams. Bobby was at Manchester United during their glory days under Sir Matt Busby. He survived the Munich air crash and went on to become a fast, graceful attacker. Jack came to professional football late, working in a coal mine before Leeds signed him. Don Revie's Leeds side was renowned for its uncompromising and physical style, and Jack was himself a tough, durable and aggressive defender, who once caused uproar by admitting he had a "black book" with a list of footballing enemies who he would target on the pitch. The two retired from football in the same year, and since, the contrast between them has been marked. Bobby's forays into management at Wigan and Preston were distinguished only by their brevity, while "Big Jack" took the Republic of Ireland team to an unprecendented level of success, reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup in 1994. Bobby has been a key figure in the ongoing success of Manchester United over the past decade, working on recruiting players and as an FA diplomat. But, despite their continued successes, the relationship between the two has been strained, sometimes barely even polite, and this book will investigate the reasons for this, including interviews with many of those the two have been in contact with over the years.

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Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, the Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator magazine on a wide range of subjects. He has written several previous books, including the Geoff Boycott biography Boycs: the true story, which the Telegraph described as "the best cricket book of the summer".

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Traces the parallel lives of Jack and Bobby Charlton from schooldays to the present day.