TOWERING TALES & A RIPPING YARN: YORKSHIRES FOOTBALL’S GRASSROOTS LEGENDS by Steven Penny
Football writer Steven Penny takes you on a journey across the football fields of Yorkshire during the 2020/21 season, discovering some incredible links to the game’s greats.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are among 90 professional clubs from the UK who have links to the lower-level Yorkshire clubs featured in this book. Add a sprinkle of overseas clubs and international teams, including England’s 1966 World Cup winners, and the grassroots scene in the Broad Acres has given much to the global game.
Discover the story of the world’s first black professional footballer, the pop star who arranged his gigs to carry on playing Sunday football and the White Rose apprenticeship served by managerial legends Bill Shankly, Joe Harvey and Herbert Chapman. Read about the schoolboy footballers who conquered the world and the fictional team that went down a storm in a TV classic.
Penny digs up dozens of tremendous tales of life on the White Rose county’s lesser known football fields.
(Publisher: Victor Publishing. January 2022, Paperback: 248 pages)