> Skip to content
  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483732
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes




The most highly acclaimed sports book of 2005, now available in paperback - the moving story of one man's search for his father, and for the game he played

Stewart Imlach was an ordinary neighbourhood soccer star of his time.

A brilliant winger who thrilled the crowd on Saturdays, then worked alongside them in the off-season; who represented Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and never received a cap for his efforts; who was Man of the Match for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final, and was rewarded with the standard offer - £20 a week, take it or leave it.

Gary Imlach grew up a privileged insider at Goodison Park when Stewart moved into coaching. He knew the highlights of his father's career by heart. But when his dad died he realised they were all he knew. He began to realise, too, that he'd lost the passion for football that his father had passed down to him. In this book he faces his growing alienation from the game he was born into, as he revisits key periods in his father's career to build up a picture of his football life - and through him a whole era.

My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes brilliantly recaptures a lost world and the way it changed, blending the personal and the historical into a unique soccer story.

  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483732
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

Gary Imlach

Gary Imlach started out writing for national newspapers at the age of 18. He has worked for the BBC, ITN, CNN & Channel 4, and currently presents ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and American Football. He is also the producer of several documentaries, and in 2000 was nominated for a BAFTA as Editor-in-Chief of the BBC's Paralympics coverage in Sydney. His first book, My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes, was the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2005.

Praise for My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes

The most emotionally charged and moving sports book I think I've ever read - Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail

Daily Mail, Harry Ritchie

One of the most deserving William Hill winners in the award's history ... The book of the year

Christopher Maume, Independent

A remarkable book... Imlach is a gifted writer, pungently aware, admirably combative, knowledgeable and compassionate

Brian Glanville, Sunday Times

My Father and Other Working-Class Heroes immediately joins the Football Classic Club - whose members are bonded by using football as a backdrop for something entirely different... A beautiful personal history

Rick Broadbent, Times

If I could have my memories of Stewart Imlach surgically extracted, I would wrap them carefully, put them in a box, and send them to his son. Unlike me, Gary Imlach never saw his father play football... But that has not prevented the son from producing one of the best sports books of recent years. A book to treasure

Richard Williams, Guardian

A book every millionaire Premiership player should read... One of the most heartfelt, hard-hitting insightful football books I have ever read

Hunter Davies

A book of deep truths and real beauty

The Times

Related titles