The Final Season: The Footballers Who Fought and Died in

The Final Season: The Footballers Who Fought and Died in A moving narrative history of the professional soccer players who fought and died in World War I, with a foreword by Gary Lineker In , as today, successful soccer players were heroes and role models They were the sporting superstars of their time symbols of youth, health, and vigor Naturally enough, when war broke out they felt it was their duty to join up and fight Betweenand ,professional players fell in action Some teams lost half their players, either killed or else so badly injured in mind and body that they were never to play again The Final Season is the powerfully moving account of these young men who swapped the turf of the pitch and the cheers of the fans for the freezing mud of the battlefield and the terrible scream of shell fire It follows them as they leave their fans and families behind, undergo training, and then travel on to the bloody arenas of war Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele Nigel McCrery paints these men in vivid detail From their achievements on the soccer pitch to their heroic conduct on the battlefield, we will learn of the selfless courage and determination they displayed in the face of adversity For far too many, we will also learn when, and how, they made the ultimate sacrifice

10 thoughts on “The Final Season: The Footballers Who Fought and Died in the Great War

  1. Paul Paul says:

    The Final Season Today we find professional footballers are out of touch and wealthy beyond most people s dreams rarely mix with their fans As a football fan I always find how ou

  2. Peter Upton Peter Upton says:

    This is a collection of stories about mainly professional footballers who fought and mostly died in the First World War We tend to think of vanity and lax morals as elements of modern s

  3. Pete daPixie Pete daPixie says:

    We think of todays highly paid footballing superstars as fairly recent history, but in fact in the early years of the twentieth century, top professional players were earning around 4 pounds p

  4. Daniel Greear Daniel Greear says:

    Museums always have interesting books They have books that you can t seem to find anywhere else and ones that you wouldn t normally look for A few weeks ago, I was traveling through France with some

  5. Edo De Vries Edo De Vries says:

    The Final Season tells the story of professional football players joining the BEF after the outbreak of war and how some of these brave men conducted themselves in the Great War, while also being somewhat o

  6. Jorgen Lundgren Jorgen Lundgren says:

    Good book as it written towards the end, perhaps it is the very nature of football a competition in which two opposing sides strive against each other for victory that give their stories such fascination and patho

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