They do all the great Got, Not Got series
and plenty of other retro sports titles.
Mud, Sweat and Shears is the story of Roy Oldfield – groundsman at Burnley FC through the 1970s and 1980s. It tells how he went from miner to Parks & Recreation man to eventually become one of the Football League’s most respected turf men. On the pitch he saw more bad times than good, but his offer to "Av a brew" was gladly accepted by a procession of football greats, from Brian Clough and Bill Shankly to Denis Law and Kevin Keegan.
Roy faced daily battles with the weather and directors, but single-handedly produced a pitch which received consistent praise from players, managers and referees, long before immaculate modern pitches. In an age when most pitches turned to mudbaths at a drop of rain, and games were played on snow, Roy used his wits, a mower, a wheelbarrow, sand and a couple of forks.
This is a football book with a unique perspective on the game – viewed through a groundsman’s eyes. Set entirely behind the scenes, it tells the story of one club before football became the multi-million-pound industry it is today.
In Mud, Sweat and Shears, you will discover:
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