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All Crazee Now: English Football and Footballers in the 1970s

David Tossell

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From the publisher:

All Crazee Now is the story of English football and its footballers in the 1970s, a decade that saw the start of the move from the 'old-fashioned' game towards the modern Premier League era; a transition that accelerated throughout the decade.

Much of what we recognise in today's game is rooted in the seventies - including diverse ethnicity and multi-nationalism in club teams; the rise of commercialism; the cult of the manager; the end of the player-next-door; and the demand for victory ahead of individualism.

The beginning of the decade remains the period in English football that supporters felt more connected than anytime previous or since. By the time the Thatcherite 1980s were dawning, the way had been paved for a rapid evolution towards 21st-century football.

More than just a chronicle of trophy winners, star players and personalities, it offers a study of the tactical, philosophical, social, cultural, economic and political landscape that shaped football throughout a turbulent period for a nation and its favourite sport.

The author:

David Tossell has been writing about sport for four decades. He is the author of 16 previous books and is a seven-time nominee in the British Sports Book Awards, along with two nominations for MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year. He is a former national newspaper sports journalist and is the long-time head of public relations in Europe for the NFL.


Pitch Publishing
24 x 16 cm
496 pages
February 2021