Between the Sticks

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HarperCollins Publishers, May 9, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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In 2013, Alan Hodgkinson marks 60 years spent playing and coaching at clubs including Sheffield United, Manchester United and England. This is the story of his life – and the life of the game – in that time.

In 2013, Alan Hodgkinson marks 60 years spent playing and coaching at clubs including Sheffield United, Manchester United and England.
In ‘Between the Sticks’, Alan tells the story of a life in football: from his days as a trainee at Worksopp Town in the 50s, to his big-money move to Sheffield United (where his signing-on fee was a new suit for ‘courting’), to England duty, as well as a glittering coaching career at Man United, Rangers, Villa among others.
It is a story that features legends of the game such as Matthews, Charlton, Best, and Pele, all of whom Alan has played with or against. ‘Between the Sticks’ will transport the reader back to a golden age of football, when pig skins were hoofed around with hobnail boots, to the modern day where as a coach at Oxford United Alan sees the realities of 21st century football first-hand.
It is a story that no football fan will want to miss.

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About the author (2013)

One of the best-loved and -admired figures inside the game, Alan Hodgkinson began his career as a Sheffield United trainee in 1953, where he would make 675 first-team appearances as well as being chosen for England at the finals of two World Cups and, later, as a coach with Scotland, the finals of two World Cups and two European Championships. In his time as a player, and, subsequent glittering coaching career at Manchester United (8 years), Rangers, Everton and Aston Villa among others, Alan played alongside football legends such as Stanley Matthews and Bobby Charlton and against such icons as Pele, George Best and Franz Beckenbauer whilst making his name as one of football’s greatest servants.

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