The Sixties can justifiably claim to be the golden age of British football. England won the World Cup; Celtic, Spurs and Manchester United became trailblazers in Europe and footballers became folk heroes – Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Rodney Marsh, Bobby Moore, George Best. At the start of the decade the most a player could earn was £20 a week: by the end the £500 a week footballer had arrived.
Jimmy Greaves, who celebrated his 75th birthday in February 2015, was himself one of the great heroes of the decade and provides a uniquely personal view of the events in which he was involved, including the fun days with Chelsea, his disastrous move to AC Milan, the disappointment of being left out of the World Cup and the elation of being part of the first British club to win a European competition.
The Sixties Revisited contains:
– a who’s who of the leading personalities of the decade
– a season-by-season breakdown of the highlights, as well as the low spots and the scandals
– cup-winners and league tables for each year, plus the major transfer deals and the leading goalscorers.
The Sixties Revisited will appeal to all who followed football in the Sixties, when average First Division attendances were around 40,000 every Saturday. It will also be enlightening reading for the generation that followed who still wonder why their Dads are so nostalgic for an era when football was king.