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Waddington, Director of a Working Man's Ballet is a biography of the former Stoke City manager, Tony Waddington, one of the most underrated figures in 1960s and 1970s football. It charts how a man with the appearance of an urbane bank manager belied the stereotype of the hard-nosed football manager as he turned around the fortunes of an ailing club on the brink of going out of business. Instead, Waddington led the Potters to promotion, secured the club's first major trophy, and challenged for a league title in a season bedevilled by bad luck, before a financial calamity led to his departure. An advocate of free-flowing football, yet fielding some of the most uncompromising defensive players of his era, he reinvigorated old pros, inspired young players and won the adulation of a generation of fans. Tony Waddington, or "Waddo" as he was affectionately known to fans and players alike, achieved all this as the director of what he fondly termed "a working man's ballet."

Tony Waddington - John Leonard

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Title
Tony Waddington - Director of a Working Man's Ballet
Author
John Leonard
format
Hardback
Publisher
Pitch Publishing
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20180730

Waddington, Director of a Working Man's Ballet is a biography of the former Stoke City manager, Tony Waddington, one of the most underrated figures in 1960s and 1970s football. It charts how a man with the appearance of an urbane bank manager belied the stereotype of the hard-nosed football manager as he turned around the fortunes of an ailing club on the brink of going out of business. Instead, Waddington led the Potters to promotion, secured the club's first major trophy, and challenged for a league title in a season bedevilled by bad luck, before a financial calamity led to his departure. An advocate of free-flowing football, yet fielding some of the most uncompromising defensive players of his era, he reinvigorated old pros, inspired young players and won the adulation of a generation of fans. Tony Waddington, or "Waddo" as he was affectionately known to fans and players alike, achieved all this as the director of what he fondly termed "a working man's ballet."

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John Leonard is a news and sports journalist of more than three decades' standing, having worked at ITN first as a sports news editor and then as a program editor for both ITV News and 5 News. John is the author of Fair Game?, which explored the history of the clash between sport and politics.

Type
BOOK
Edition
None edition
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
256

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