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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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Part lament, part anatomy of an obsession, both personal and collective, this title 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. It is a passionate journey by a writer with vast personal insight into the national team, with unprecedented access to all areas of the game, but also by a fan who wants his England back. The Fifty Years of Hurt must end.

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

'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?'.

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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


About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

2nd June 2016

Author

Henry Winter

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Publisher

Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories


History of sport

ISBN

9780593077122

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