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Fifty Years of Hurt The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing

by Henry Winter

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Fifty Years of Hurt The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing Synopsis

'England invented football, codified it, became champions of the world in 1966 but humiliatingly then forgot how to play the greatest game of all. England took their eye off a ball they arrogantly thought they owned, allowing other nations to run off with it.' It has been Fifty Years of Hurt since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup trophy at Wembley, and in this groundbreaking book, Henry Winter will address the state England are in on the golden anniversary of their greatest moment. Part lament, part anatomy of an obsession, both personal and collective, it analyses the truth behind the endless excuses, apportions the blame for the crimes against English football, but is also a search for hope and solutions. Fifty Years of Hurt weaves more than forty exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the game - Jack Charlton, Alan Mullery, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Gary Lineker, Ian and Mark Wright, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Roy Hodgson - with a narrative dissection of the highs and lows of five decades of football. And as well as players and managers, Henry Winter talks to the fans, to agents, to officials, to the governing bodies, about every aspect, good and bad, of English football, to provide answers to the question: 'where did it all go wrong?'.

Fifty Years of Hurt The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing Press Reviews

Powerful... Winter feels the pain as acutely as any ordinary fan. He also has a mischievous turn of phrase. The quips, however, don't dilute the serious issues he raises. It's a horribly sobering, as well as a revealing and entertaining read. The Times


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ISBN: 9780593077122
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593077122
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Henry Winter
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Sport,
Categories: History of sport,

About Henry Winter

Henry Winter is the Chief Football Writer of The Times, the current Sports Journalists' Association Football Writer of the Year and a four-time winner of the SJA Specialist Correspondent award. He loves the England national team with a passion that borders on masoschism and has covered their last 244 games from Wembley to Beijing, Chicago to Rio. Along with Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson, he also has the third English vote for the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player.

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