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When Footballers Were Skint

A Journey in Search of the Soul of Football



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Long before perma-tanned football agents and TV mega-rights ushered in the age of the multimillionaire player, footballers' wages were capped - even the game's biggest names earned barely more than a plumber or electrician. Footballing legends like Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews shared a bond of borderline penury with the huge crowds they entertained on Saturday afternoons, often on pitches that were a world away from the pristine lawns of the game's modern era. Instead of the gleaming, expensive sports cars driven by today's top players, the stars of yesteryear travelled to matches on public transport and, after the game, returned to homes every bit as modest as those of their supporters. Players and fans would even sometimes be next-door neighbours in a street of working class terraced houses. Based on the first-hand accounts of players from a fast-disappearing generation, When Footballers Were Skint relates the fascinating story of a truly great sporting era.

Product code: 9781785904660

ISBN 9781785904660
Publisher Biteback Publishing
No. Of Pages 336
Tales from before the maximum wage for footballers was abolished in 1961, journalist Jon Henderson captures a time when footballers and fans lived in the same world.