The Way It Was

The Way It Was

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Stanley Matthews was the most popular footballer of his era, the man who epitomised a generation of legendary players: Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Billy Wright and many more. He was the first footballer ever to be knighted, the first European Footballer of the Year (at 41), and he played in the top division until he was 50 - and he will be forever remembered for his performance in the Matthews FA Cup final of 1953, when he inspired Blackpool to victory over Bolton. THE WAY IT WAS is a the fascinating memoir of a great footballer and the remarkable story of an extraordinary life, written in the last months of his life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 114 x 176 x 40mm | 399.16g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 8pp colour photos, 24pp b/w photos
  • 0747264279
  • 9780747264279
  • 519,845

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A gracefully crafted autobiography filled with entertaining anecdotes reflecting an age when the game was uncorrupted by greed and hooliganism * Birmingham Post * The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time ... is told in great detail and with an unexpected sense of humour. It is his vivid memory that makes THE WAY IT WAS such a good read * FourFourTwo * Brings vividly to life some of the greatest games of the time and features his perceptive analysis of the characters who illuminated the age * Independent * THE WAY IT WAS is a ticket to a different era, when the game wasn't saturated with money and men like Sir Stanley upheld sporting ideals * Mike Pattenden, Times * A fascinating and amusing insight into the inner workings of football during its golden era * Saul David, Daily Telegraph * Especially rewarding, though, are Stan's descriptions of his technical perfectionism * Brian Glanville, Sunday Times * 'his engrossing autobiography' Times

'impossible to imagine any of today's football stars ever producing a memoir half so interesting' Mail on Sunday The book is an appropriate and nearly always engrossing chronicle of an illustrious career, and good to have * Ian Hamilton, Sunday Telegraph * `A first summary of the life, on and off the pitch of England's greatest player' Express There is a heartfelt, elegiac quality [to] THE WAY IT WAS ... It is only a pity he is not here to see it published * Chris Maume, Independent * '...both a fascinating personal story and an evocation of a sporting world that has gone forever.' W Magazine
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About Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews was born in 1915 and began his career at Stoke City. He made his England debut in 1934 and went on to win 54 caps by 1957. He retired from the game in 1965, when he was knighted, then travelling the world as a football ambassador. He died in Newcastle-under-Lyme in February 2000.
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Rating details

60 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 22% (13)
4 45% (27)
3 28% (17)
2 2% (1)
1 3% (2)
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