England invented football, codified it, became champions of the world in 1966 but humiliatingly then forgot how to play the greatest game of all. England took their eye off a ball they arrogantly thought they owned, allowing other nations to run off with it.
It has been 50 years of hurt since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup trophy at Wembley, and in this groundbreaking book Henry Winter addresses the state England are in on the golden anniversary of their greatest moment. Part lament, part anatomy of an obsession, both personal and collective, it analyses the truth behind the endless excuses and apportions the blame for the crimes against English football but is also a search for hope and solutions.
Fifty Years of Hurt weaves more than 40 exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the game - Jack Charlton, Alan Mullery, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Gary Lineker, Ian and Mark Wright, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Roy Hodgson - with a narrative dissection of the highs and lows of five decades of football.
And as well as players and managers, Henry Winter talks to the fans, to agents, to officials and to the governing bodies about every aspect, good and bad, of English football to provide answers to the question: where did it all go wrong? It is a passionate journey by a writer with vast personal insight into the national team, with unprecedented access to all areas of the game, but also by a fan who wants his England back. The 50 years of hurt must end.
©2016 Henry Winter (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr MR on 24-10-16

Could do with an update post Euro 2016 ....ICELAND

Excellent analysis of the state of the English Game. Interesting contributors but felt slightly dated by the release prior to England's appalling exit to Iceland - could do with an update.

Would still recommend a listen though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 20-11-17

Great insight into England’s years of hurt.

Great to hear so many ex pros and ex managers having there say on England, and the problems surrounding the national team. Sounds like the problems start much higher up and cascade down to the first team, but will that ever change without complete overhauling from the top down. Fascinating insight into the workings of the England team, hopefully we see a positive change in the next few years and the end to the years of hurt!

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