The Final Season: The Footballers Who Fought and Died in the Great War

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A moving narrative history of the professional soccer players who fought and died in World War I, with a foreword by Gary Lineker. In 1914, as today, successful soccer players were heroes and role models. They were the sporting superstars of their time; symbols of youth, health, and vigor. Naturally enough, when war broke out they felt it was their duty to join up and fight. Between 1914 and 1918, 213 professional players fell in action. Some teams lost half their players, either killed or else so badly injured in mind and body that they were never to play again. The Final Season is the powerfully moving account of these young men who swapped the turf of the pitch and the cheers of the fans for the freezing mud of the battlefield and the terrible scream of shell fire. It follows them as they leave their fans and families behind, undergo training, and then travel on to the bloody arenas of war: Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele. Nigel McCrery paints these men in vivid detail. From their achievements on the soccer pitch to their heroic conduct on the battlefield, we will learn of the selfless courage and determination they displayed in the face of adversity. For far too many, we will also learn when, and how, they made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Nigel McCrery was educated at Trinity College Cambridge before being selected as part of the BBC graduate entry scheme. He joined BBC drama in 1992 and during his time there, created and wrote a number of prime time dramas including Born and Bred, Back-up, Impact, New Tricks, Silent Witness, and Touching Evil. In addition to his television work, Nigel has a long-standing interest in military history and has already written several books about World War I. The most notable of these is All the King’s Men. He has also written several Silent Witness novels and the Detective Mark Lapslie series. In 2013 he published Silent Witnesses: A History of Forensic Science.

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"Fascinating... For those of us who love football, and still more for those who make fortunes playing it, all this sacrifice should offer considerable food for thought. Gary Lineker says as much in a thoughtful foreword... I wish with all my heart a copy could be given to every Premier League player." * Daily Mail *

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