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    Real Madrid and all that.

    Bob. Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the your book.

    1970/71 was the first season this 6 year old went to Ninian Park, and I’been hooked ever since.

    A wonderful read and so well researched. Your summing up at the end fits very much with my take of how that season defined our problems of the next 30 years.

    You really did miss your vocation as a sports journalist.

    Many thanks for such a wonderful book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Shot Hamish. View Post
    Bob. Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the your book.

    1970/71 was the first season this 6 year old went to Ninian Park, and I’been hooked ever since.

    A wonderful read and so well researched. Your summing up at the end fits very much with my take of how that season defined our problems of the next 30 years.

    You really did miss your vocation as a sports journalist.

    Many thanks for such a wonderful book.
    Thanks very much Hamish, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve finally started to see some royalties from Amazon coming through now and, so far, I’d say sales are slightly better than I was expecting. Hopefully, it will not be a book where the sales completely dry up after Christmas because there’s still the fiftieth anniversary of the game to come in a couple of months time, so I’m going to be concentrating on trying to get some media outlets aware of it in January and, hopefully, they’ll do a feature on it.

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    Finished it this morning, fantastic nostalgic read. When you write the screenplay could you take a bit of poetic licence and make the film have a happy ending? We’ve all seen true life films veer from the truth. A Cup Winners Cup Final and promotion would cheer up a year that rivalled 2020 for anguish

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    Finished it this morning, fantastic nostalgic read. When you write the screenplay could you take a bit of poetic licence and make the film have a happy ending? We’ve all seen true life films veer from the truth. A Cup Winners Cup Final and promotion would cheer up a year that rivalled 2020 for anguish
    Toshack turns Liverpool down, stays with us through his playing career, takes over as manager and does the same sort of thing with us as he did with the jacks (except for his last couple of years there!) - that sort of thing?

    Glad you enjoyed it, still can’t correct that mistake I made about the League Cup though.

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    It’s a great read but the glorious European ending has been done in another book about my second favourite team , Llantwit Major, the author of this book also used to post on here for years under the name Dudders if memory serves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Toshack turns Liverpool down, stays with us through his playing career, takes over as manager and does the same sort of thing with us as he did with the jacks (except for his last couple of years there!) - that sort of thing?

    Glad you enjoyed it, still can’t correct that mistake I made about the League Cup though.
    It was great Paul and part of reading such books, books about time that you lived through, is facts correcting your ‘in your mind’s eye’ recollections. Your Wembley error was small potatoes compared to the ‘Oh, f*ck, of course it was’ moments I had reading it. It truly was a defining season for the City

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    It was great Paul and part of reading such books, books about time that you lived through, is facts correcting your ‘in your mind’s eye’ recollections. Your Wembley error was small potatoes compared to the ‘Oh, f*ck, of course it was’ moments I had reading it. It truly was a defining season for the City

    I know what you mean. 50 years later I was convinced that Ronnie Bird scored the winner against Bristol City and Tom Whalley scored the winner for Watford.
    It doesn’t mention it but was Carlisle game an 11am kick off? I remember one very early kick off against
    them not to clash with the rugby. I seem to remember their keeper Ross being penalised a few times for handling the ball outside the area when punting it upfield. I’m not sure if this was in the 4-0 Warboys match though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Shot Hamish. View Post
    I know what you mean. 50 years later I was convinced that Ronnie Bird scored the winner against Bristol City and Tom Whalley scored the winner for Watford.
    It doesn’t mention it but was Carlisle game an 11am kick off? I remember one very early kick off against
    them not to clash with the rugby. I seem to remember their keeper Ross being penalised a few times for handling the ball outside the area when punting it upfield. I’m not sure if this was in the 4-0 Warboys match though.
    No, it wasn’t the Warboys match Hamish, It was two, maybe three, seasons later - it was the year Carlisle got promoted and finished up 2-2. You’re right about it being on the morning of a rugby international - Wales beat Scotland, but only by 6-0, thanks to a try by Terry Cobner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Shot Hamish. View Post
    Bob. Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the your book.

    1970/71 was the first season this 6 year old went to Ninian Park, and I’been hooked ever since.

    A wonderful read and so well researched. Your summing up at the end fits very much with my take of how that season defined our problems of the next 30 years.

    You really did miss your vocation as a sports journalist.

    Many thanks for such a wonderful book.
    I had it for Christmas - part way through.

    I love the anecdotes e.g. the references to The League Review free magazine given away inside the match day programmes - I remember them! And also David Tomlin - I am tempted to message Lee myself to ask him but TOBW has probably already asked him....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    I had it for Christmas - part way through.

    I love the anecdotes e.g. the references to The League Review free magazine given away inside the match day programmes - I remember them! And also David Tomlin - I am tempted to message Lee myself to ask him but TOBW has probably already asked him....
    No, that never even occurred to me - I’d decided that it was unlikely that they were close relatives because I figured it would have been on Wikipedia.

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