Mud Sweat and Shears: Tales from the Turf - Life as a Football League Groundsman

Mud Sweat and Shears: Tales from the Turf - Life as a Football League Groundsman

By: Dave Thomas (author), Roy Oldfield (author)Paperback

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Mud, Sweat and Shears is the story of Roy Oldfield - groundsman at Burnley FC through the 1970s and 1980s. It tells of how he went from miner to parks and recreation man and eventually became one of football'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 to Bill Shankly, and Denis Law to Kevin Keegan. He faced daily battles with the weather and directors, but single-handedly produced a pitch which received continued praise from players, managers and referees well before the modern immaculate pitches. Roy used his wits, a mower, wheelbarrow, a couple of forks and sand; in an age when most pitches turned to mudbaths at a drop of rain and games were played on snow. This is a unique football book: through a groundsman's eyes, and it tells the story of what typically went on behind the scenes at one club before football became the multi-million-pound industry it is today.

About Author

Roy Oldfield wrote his story with former headmaster Dave Thomas, who has been writing books on Burnley Football Club, 15 in total, since 2003; two of them being the acclaimed biographies of Harry Potts and Jimmy Adamson. In his time as a headteacher he was a regular writer for the Times Educational Supplement and wrote short stories for the Dalesman magazine.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781785312946
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781785312946
  • ISBN10: 1785312944

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