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George Best – Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths: The Inside Story of Football’s Golden Era(Hardcover)
‘We were the first generation to have to deal with the modern stardom of football. Some handled it better than others’ George Best
Written in the months before he died, Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths is George’s farewell letter to the great footballing era in which he burned so brightly – a personal history of the golden years before TV and agents changed everything. From the breaking of the maximum wage to the cusp of the first million-pound player, it follows the triumphs and tragedies of every season from 1960 to 1974. It is the story of our greatest footballing generation – Greaves, Moore, Law, Charlton, Osgood, Lorimer, Jennings, Hurst and, of course, Best himself.
Poor training facilities, bad diets, packed stands, great songs, scary centre-backs, world-class strikers and, after 90 minutes of kicking and being kicked, a brown ale in a dirty bath. One of British soccer’s greatest heroes talks about the golden era, before football became a circus of media hype.
This book contains a collection of footballing anecdotes from George Best recounting his experiences during the 1960s and 1970s.
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