A Different Road by Bob Latchford

By Bob Latchford

In eleven consecutive seasons of top-flight soccer among 1972 and 1983, Bob Latchford scored extra league ambitions than the other First department participant. A British move checklist holder and icon of his period, for fanatics of Everton, Birmingham urban, Swansea urban and England Latchford was once a guy who really ‘walked on water’.
A participant who averaged a objective any other video game all through his occupation, within the blue of his cherished Everton basically Dixie Dean and Graeme Sharp have ever bettered Latchford’s extra special goalscoring checklist. His targets at Goodison introduced Everton to the edge of silverware and Latchford England attractiveness. For Birmingham his partnership with Trevor Francis and Bob Hatton earned them promoting to the 1st department and at Swansea an Indian summer season nearly introduced an not likely First department title.
And but, regardless of being some of the most well-liked footballers of his period, Latchford remained uneasy together with his reputation and the focal point it introduced. simply now, approximately 3 a long time after he final performed specialist soccer, has Latchford determined for the 1st time to place his existence tale down on paper.
In this considerate and revealing autobiography, Latchford takes us via his highly profitable occupation. He recollects a early life with brothers who additionally loved lengthy expert careers, his early successes with Birmingham and becoming a member of Everton because the most costly participant in British soccer. From Everton’s doomed 1974/75 problem, via his well-known thirty-goal quest and close to misses lower than Gordon Lee, he helped restoration delight to Evertonians in the course of a time whilst residing in Liverpool’s shadow had turn into a life-style. Silverware, for thus lengthy elusive, used to be eventually earned in an exciting interlude at Swansea City.
Latchford exhibits us his occupation, but additionally the demanding situations, uncertainties and pleasure he skilled off the pitch. a guy who has constantly allowed his center to rule his future, a special highway is an extraordinary factor: a deeply sincere and poignant account of a lifestyles out and in of soccer, exhibiting a human face to a hero that few may perhaps ever imagine.

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