Lost in France

Lost in France : The Remarkable Life and Death of Leigh Richmond Roose, Football's First Play Boy

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Leigh Richmond Roose was a brilliant and controversial Edwardian goalkeeper - so good at his job that the FA had to change the rules of the game to keep him in check. His was the first name on the "Daily Mail's" teamsheet for their "World XI to challenge another planet at football". He was an inspirational figure for Stoke City, Sunderland and Wales (when they won their first Home Nations Championship), also playing for Aston Villa, Arsenal and Everton. Through dating music hall stars he became the first footballer to regularly appear in the newspaper gossip columns. Like millions of others he died serving his country in the Great War; unlike millions of others, nobody knew how or where...until now.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 10mm | 180g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Tempus Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0752443380
  • 9780752443386
  • 969,317

About Spencer Vignes

Spencer Vignes is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for The Observer. He lives in Cardiff and has good connections in the Welsh media. His first book, The Server, was listed for the 2003 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.show more