Fathers, Sons and Football

Fathers, Sons and Football

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Three generations of the Summerbee family have played professional football - George in the 1930s was a struggling journeyman; Mike, in the 1960s starred for England and Manchester City - George Best was his best-man; and Nicky plays for Premiership side Sunderland. The author weaves together their family story, including the women closest to them, in an evocative account of how football and the players have changed since the 1930s, from living alongside the fans, earning similar amounts, to the modern heroes who are paid fortunes and hide away in exclusive developments.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 144 x 223 x 30mm | 482g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 8pp b/w photographs
  • 0747232180
  • 9780747232186

About Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is a leading TV writer and producer. He was responsible for the series Lovejoy and Madson, as well as the film Buster. His first book, Manchester United Ruined My Life was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize and spent more than a month on the Sunday Times bestseller list. He is currently developing a film of the book.show more

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The author of the superb Manchester United Ruined My Life returns to document the history of the blue side of Manchester's favourite footballing family, the Summerbees. George was a journeyman pro in the 1930s for various clubs, while son Mike was a household name as he rampaged down the wing for Manchester City and England in the 1960s. More recently, George's grandson Nicky also plied his trade for City before transferring to top Premiership club Sunderland. Fathers, Sons and Football is a tremendous account of one of sport's genuine dynasties, while also explaining how football has changed from a working-class sport where players lived alongside the fans, even earning less money than some of them, to the explosion of TV money that's turned players into millionaires as famous and inaccessible to their fans as pop stars. Shindler writes in a way that football fans, whoever they support, can identify with what he's feeling. An interesting and poignant read for fans of all ages.show more

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