Flying Over An Olive Grove is the first great working-class footballer story. Born at a unique moment in the history of the beautiful game; Fred Spiksley was amongst a new wave of teenagers who from1885 onwards could aspire to be a professional footballer and dodge the inevitability of industrial labour. Spiksley became the first player to score a hat-trick against Scotland and in 1896 he guided Sheffield Wednesday to FA Cup glory with 4 goals and 8 assists during the cup run. His first goal in the final is considered by some to be the fastest ever goal in FA Cup final history. Football presented Fred Spiksley; a small lad from the backstreets of Lincolnshire; with a lifetime of adventure. He would be chased along the touchline by the future Queen of England; share the stage with Charlie Chaplin and in 1914 escape from a German prison. An addicted gambler and self confessed womaniser; Fred Spiksley's character meant that he was not always the hero off the pitch that he was on it. Flying Over An Olive Grove brings Fred Spiksley's remarkable but long forgotten story to a new audience and contains a superb collection of images; including the earliest known photograph of an international goal being scored.
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|Size: ||45.7 MB|
|Publisher: ||False 9 Media|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781473346307 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|