London | The story of a stoical, much-journeyed footballer for Scotland, Nottingham Forest and several other clubs has been named William Hill’s Sports Book of the Year. My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes (Yellow Jersey Press) by Gary Imlach chronicles a period (the 1950s) when top-class players earned £20 per week and looked to other occupations for sources of livelihood. Imlach’s father, Stewart, was a joiner in addition to being named man of the match in Forest’s 1959 FA Cup final victory over Luton Town.
According to a review in the December issue of When Saturday Comes, Stewart Imlach had to fall back on his joiner’s work after being fired from coaching. “[H]e is later happily captured wielding his tools on the Liverpool pier head among punters who barely recognise him,” writes reviewer John Williams. “He had done his football time.”
Update: See 12 Feb 06 for the latest on Imlach and the Scotland caps row.