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Looking for the Toffees In 1977 78 Brian Viner was a season ticket holder in the Gwladys Street End at Goodison Park home to his beloved Everton In front of him were the stars of the day striker Bob Latchford creative midfielder Duncan McKenzie and goalkeeping hero George Wood There were no airs and graces then Viner would regularly see Latchford in the local pub and even once saw Wood mowing the field at his school so asked him to come and join his classmates for a kickabout which he did It would never happen now But as well as nostalgia for that period Viner reveals how this was a time when so much was on the cusp of change in football the first wave of foreign players would arrive the next season with Ossie Ardiles and Arnold Muhren among them; on Merseyside the era of punk would soon give way to Thatcherism; and even Viner himself at 16 was on the verge of adulthood But little of what happened next could ever have been predicted Viner's investigation of that year in the 1970s based on many interviews with the players of the time not only reveals a vanished era but also shows how football often fails to look after its own as the life stories of what happened to the players afterwards shows but how the spirit of the sport will always shine through

3 thoughts on “Looking for the Toffees

  1. says:

    This book took me back so many years to some good and bad memories of living in Liverpool and growing up with the fanatical football loving Everton and Liverpool supportersI soon found out at school the danger of supporting Everton or Liverpool I even said Tranmere Rovers once but still got hit The fantastic sense of humour the fans have the digs of humour they give each other and the fights in a Liverpool bar with Liverpool fans

  2. says:

    I'm a red but enjoyed it immenselyVery good bookgreat team and in them times great rivalryI hate them now but not in the passion I hated them then in a respectful wayin a slight different vein but any one who enjoyed this should read My Father and other working class heroes

  3. says:

    This book could be half as long as it actually is there are some funny stories in it but it is a loving ramble through the landscape of football in the late seventies It's still better than Graeme sharps book

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