The Lost World Of Leeds United

Step back in time to a world of sock tags, dart flights, ace magazine covers and Subbuteo men...
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Step back in time to a world of sock tags, dart flights, ace magazine covers and Subbuteo men...

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Hot off the back of the superb Got, Not Got, Derek Hammond and Gary Silke have released two new nostalgia fests - The Lost World Football and Got, Not Got: The Lost World Of Leeds United.

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Derek Hammond & Gary Silke’s ‘Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures’ is a vast Kay’s Catalogue of a book, packed with football memorabilia and shared memories of mud, carpet-level games and Melchester Rovers. It was runner-up in the BSBA Awards Football Book of the Year in 2012. And now they’ve followed it up with ‘The Lost World of Football’, another must-have stocking-filler for football fans of a certain vintage.

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But as well as this motherlode of 1000 pictures and 80,000 words on retro kits, comics, casuals and childhood clutter, Gary and Derek have also embarked on the dream job of producing a series of single-club editions, packed with just the same soccertastic elements. And the first to roll off the presses this month was ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leeds United’...

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“Leeds had to be one of the first,” says Derek, “because they played such a massive role in the timespan of our books, which is roughly 1966 to the dawn of the Premier League. They were one of the most passionately loved club sides, and the most fervently hated. Under Don Revie they became a team of lavish talent – and unbelievable brutality and cunning. They were a whole side of household names, wholesome superstars like Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray... plus pantomime villains like Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter, Joe Jordan, Jackie Charlton, Gordon McQueen, Johnny Giles... all players that every fan would secretly have loved to see playing for their team!”

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“They were also right at the forefront of football marketing,” adds Gary. “One of the forces that dragged football out of 60s when it was just PE played in front of huge crowds of blokes in hats, and into the modern world of cash and selling the brand and a football lifestyle. They were the first to get a sexy logoed-up Admiral kit, because Revie could see the moneymaking potential: all the other big clubs followed. They called temselves ‘Super Leeds’ and started off waving at the crowd before the match; they got the classic ‘Smiley’ LU badge on to their shirts along with all manner of sew-on patches, enamel badges and merchandise. My favourites are the Coffer jewellery, the necklaces and bracelets, that everyone had at school. We’ve got the actual kit. And Billy Bremner Subbuteo figures!”

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Derek: “Beyond the Jekyll & Hyde character of the so-called ‘Dirty Leeds’ tactics and the carpet bowls and bingo under Revie, there’s the tragedy that Leeds ever won nearly as many trophies as they should have. They were cheated out of two European trophies. Beaten by underdogs. Pipped at the post in the League in dubious circumstances. Then Brian Clough arrives as boss for six weeks and tells the side to throw away their medals, won by cheating! Leeds were the ultimate football soap opera.”

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Gary: “And then they went and built it all up again in the 80s under Howard Wilkinson. The last team to win the Division One title before it became the Prem. And, ironically, the first big club to get into financial trouble and implode in the modern game. What a story.”

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Derek: “Leeds United are certainly a club you can never accuse of doing things by halves! We owe an enormous debt to the fans who have contributed stuff and memories to this book, but Andy Starmore deserves a special mention for his fantastic pictures behind the scenes at Elland Road back in the day, and his many memorabilia pics. Look out for Andy’s book next year about Gary Edwards – the Leeds fan who hasn’t missed a Whites game anywhere in the world since 1968!”

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Click here to sample the first 15 pages of The Lost World of Football...

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Click hereto sample the first 15 pages of Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leeds United.

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