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Terrace Heroes: The Life and Times of the 1930s Professional Footballer…

by Graham Kelly

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A short but well written book about a footballer's life in the 1930s. The first few chapters are an overview of the game in the period and then ten or so chapters cover individual players and their stories. There are some wonderful stories which evoke a long lost world when footballers were far closer to the working man, travelling on the bus, living in poor accomodation, etc. My only criticism is that the post-football lives of the players featured were not developed a bit more. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0714682942, Paperback)

The 1930s saw the birth of the football idol - prototype for today's powerful media sport stars.
The players of the 1930s were the first generation of professionals, yet until recently the life and careers of footballers of this generation has been little studied. 

In 1930s Britain, football became increasingly commercialized, and the rise and development of both local and national media enabled players to become widely recognized outside of their immediate local context for the first time.

Tracing the origins, playing careers and 'afterlives' of several First Division players of the era, Graham Kelly's revealing history explores the reality of living in Britain between the wars and draws interesting comparisons with lives of the modern football hero today.

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