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Harry Lockett: Football's Unassuming, Unknown and Unsung Founding Father

Penny Stanley

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From the publisher:

Harry Lockett: Football's Unassuming, Unknown and Unsung Founding Father, is a biography of the man who became first secretary of the Football League and later manager of Stoke Football Club in the late Victorian era. Harry Lockett lived a quite remarkable life. Born to parents who lived in Derby, when football was outlawed, he moved to the Potteries and experienced tragedy as a child, before becoming a well-known athlete, match official and sports administrator. It was those abilities which led to his work in football, while also running a substantial printing business and volunteering for over three decades as an Army Reserve Soldier. He was secretary and treasurer of the Football League, holding power and status until temptation caused his downfall.

Lockett did bounce back however, donated time and money to charities, socialised with celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and established a consortium to save Stoke when the club was on the brink of going out of business... but it all came at a huge personal cost.

The author:

Penny Stanley has written about football in a variety of publications for over three decades, from match reports of student games to articles on club ownership and accounts of relegation seasons. She has a passion for football history, uncovering stories of pioneers and finding answers to questions about the early days of the game.

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Pitch Publishing
24 x 16 cm
Hardback
320 pages
July 2024
English
9781801507387