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Rovers Till I Die: The Story of Bob Crompton, Blackburn's Most Famous Son

Harry Berry

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From the publisher:

Rovers Till I Die is the fascinating story of Blackburn's most famous personality, Bob Crompton, a man of humble birth who achieved soaring success in and out of football. Born the son of a beer seller in a town where work was hard and wages poor, Crompton broke the shackles of his working-class roots. He became a legendary captain of England and Blackburn Rovers, whom he led to two First Division championships. The first footballer to own a motor car, he later manufactured them. After a plumbing patent made him a rich man Crompton diversified into various businesses, generating a personal wealth that led to him being co-opted to the Rovers' board. He later served as coach and manager, masterminding an FA Cup Final victory and promotion. Yet he remained misunderstood, his character shaped by personal tragedy and a target for those connected with the club who envied his success. Rovers Till I Die is the definitive story of a Blackburn legend who achieved his aspirations and more.

The author:

A Blackburn Rovers fan of more than 70 years, Harry Berry was commissioned to write the club's centenary history in 1975. Since then he has published other books on Blackburn. For the last two years he has published statistical work on the club via his Twitter account. A former marathon runner, he wrote an account of the Trans-Continental Footraces of 1927 and 1928, which gained a cult following among ultra-distance aficionados.

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
192 pages
February 2023
English
9781801503792