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Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths: The Inside…

Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths: The Inside Story of Football's Golden Era

by George Best

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One of three books on the legend I own, and this is perhaps more about english football in general through Bests eyes during his peak as a player. An excellent account of what it was like at the sharp end of the game in the 60's. Positive throughout about clubs and players who will have been major rivals to Best at the time. What shines through is how open the league was in the 60's and how any one of maybe 12 teams could win the league every season. Clubs who treat the FA cup with contempt these days should perhaps read this book and find out what it meant to players and clubs in the 60's. Best never managed an appearance in the final,something I imagine he regretted until is untimely departure. ( )
  jigwagigiggs | Apr 25, 2008 |
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'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.

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Informed by George Best's own experiences and those of his fellow professionals, this book is a complete history of a golden era of football from the 1960s to the early 1970s before money and marketing took away its honest charm.

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