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Men of the match | Logging ‘football time’ at £20 per week

Posted By John Turnbull On 22 November 2005 @ 10:29 In England,Regions | No Comments

William Hill's Sports Book of the Year. Link to Guardian (U.K.) article. [1]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 [1]. 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 [2] for the latest on Imlach and the Scotland caps row.

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[2] 12 Feb 06: http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/?p=49

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