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The Way It Was

  • Author
    • Stanley Matthews
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Stanley Matthews was the most popular footballer of his era, the man who epitomised a generation of legendary players: Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Billy Wright and many more. He was the first footballer ever to be knighted, the first European Footballer of the Year (at 41), and he played in the top division until he was 50 - and he will be forever remembered for his performance in the Matthews FA Cup final of 1953, when he inspired Blackpool to victory over Bolton. THE WAY IT WAS is a the fascinating memoir of a great footballer and the remarkable story of an extraordinary life, written in the last months of his life.
  • Published: Jun 04 2001
  • Pages: 640
  • 178 x 112mm
  • ISBN: 9780747264279

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Press Reviews

  • '...both a fascinating personal story and an evocation of a sporting world that has gone forever.' W Magazine
  • Chris Maume, Independent
    There is a heartfelt, elegiac quality [to] THE WAY IT WAS ... It is only a pity he is not here to see it published
  • `A first summary of the life, on and off the pitch of England's greatest player' Express
  • Ian Hamilton, Sunday Telegraph
    The book is an appropriate and nearly always engrossing chronicle of an illustrious career, and good to have
  • 'his engrossing autobiography' Times 'impossible to imagine any of today's football stars ever producing a memoir half so interesting' Mail on Sunday
  • Brian Glanville, Sunday Times
    Especially rewarding, though, are Stan's descriptions of his technical perfectionism
  • Saul David, Daily Telegraph
    A fascinating and amusing insight into the inner workings of football during its golden era
  • Mike Pattenden, Times
    THE WAY IT WAS is a ticket to a different era, when the game wasn't saturated with money and men like Sir Stanley upheld sporting ideals
  • Independent
    Brings vividly to life some of the greatest games of the time and features his perceptive analysis of the characters who illuminated the age
  • FourFourTwo
    The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time ... is told in great detail and with an unexpected sense of humour. It is his vivid memory that makes THE WAY IT WAS such a good read
  • Birmingham Post
    A gracefully crafted autobiography filled with entertaining anecdotes reflecting an age when the game was uncorrupted by greed and hooliganism