My Father and other Working Class heroes is one of those books about long forgotten footballers that just had to be written. Gary Imlach, himself a successful television reporter and presenter was born into the house of one Stuart Imlach a fast left winger of the fifties and sixties. What this book does and in my view hammers home the view that slavery was alive and kicking during that time period. Football and indeed footballers belonged to the chairmen who could transfer them at a whim with little or no consultation.
Sruart Imlach was no average player here was aman voted the player of the match for his part in the 1959 FA cup final between Nottingham Forest and Luton Town, a man who played in the 1962 World Cup for his native Scotland and yet in 1965 was found plying his trade in the Southern League for Dover. Here was a man who asked for nothing apart from the right to play football and got nothing back in the way of rewards. For those who enjoy the history of football this will bring to mind that soccer now is in the main a game taken away from fans and handed to over to the great god 'money' any one reading this will not want a retuen to the old days but will ask themselves why these conditions were accepted, after reading this you will agree with me that when you see or hear a player moaning about their wages your first reaction will be to rush out and by them a copy of this and urge them to read it.