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With it we were father and son. Here he tells how football became the only real connection between two people who apart from their love of the beautiful game were wholly different from one another. Specifications Publisher Cornerstone. Customer Reviews. Write a review.
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Please enter a valid email address. Walmart Services. The Footballer Who Could Fly is a well-written but inconsistent book. It is inconsistent because he is trying to do two things at the same time; look back on football in bygone days and explore the difficult relationship he had with his father.
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Problems arise from the difficulties he has in combining the two. When it was released the following year by Windmill in paperback, the cover was changed to an affecting one of a father and small son playing football in the park. With it, we were father and son. The players tend to fall into one of two categories; the son-figure made good like Duncan Edwards, Jackie Milburn and Bobby Charlton or the errant son like George Best and Jim Baxter who were profligate with their talent and ruined themselves with drink.
The Footballer Who Could Fly by Duncan Hamilton
The central son-figure in the book is Ray Kennedy, the local hero, from the very same village as the Hamiltons. Not everything is seen through the lens of the father-son relationship and, indeed, many of the best passages are when that is virtually forgotten and Hamilton becomes fully engaged in writing about some of the great names of the past.
There is an effective completion of the cycle when Hamilton, in his journalistic career, sat next to an ageing Milburn in the press box as they covered a match, Milburn now the father figure to the young sports reporter. The section on Duncan Edwards depicts a young star thankfully devoid of ego.