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(1 replies, posted in LUFC legends)

It's thirteen years ago today since (King Billy) Billy Bremner passed away. Gone but never forgotten. RIP wee man. neutral

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(59 replies, posted in Books)

Hi all, a heads up on the Albert book: I have spoken with and 'Skyped' both of Albert's daughters, they are now the USA, they haven't objected to the book. I have also made contact with Paul Eubanks, unfortunately he didn't seem interested in assisting with the book. Saying that, I have had some incredible and fantastic support from SA, people, players and coaches who knew him, and about his life in Jo'burg and Cape Town. There is also a huge amount of new (never before published) detail about his life in England. There is much in the way of incorrect information circulating about Albert, caused by lazy reporting and accepted as fact by ongoing writers. As recently as two months ago, a Yorkshire writer (SW) published an erroneous two page feature article on Albert, in BackPass magazine. The article had Albert being married to his own daughter (Yvonne)! There can be no excuse for mistakes like that, but thats the kind of thing that the book will resolve, it will get details, facts and his football career properly recorded.

The book itself covers Albert's life in SA and, of course, the perils and personal torment he endured through apartheid. It fully covers his life in SA football, football and life in Leeds during the 1960's, right through to his very sad end. There are many 'eye opening' issues within the book, however, the main and most important theme is not to castigate all those who hurt Albert, but to provide a positive biographical account of his life, his achievements and the legacy he bequeathed to black footballers and to football worldwide. It isn't a book about his family, it's about Albert Johanneson, his life and his life in football, it is honest, truthful and open, that's precisely the way Albert would have wanted it. He deserves positive recognition and hopefully the football club will recognise his efforts and what he achieved in a more permanent way. Before it's suggested, I don't think naming a bar after him would be proper wink

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(87 replies, posted in Books)

He ('Ginger Pencil') was a popular player in Zambia of the era, along with another one aptly titled 'Zhoom' - he was lightning quick. 'Ginger' came over for trials but was never signed up. Both 'Ginger' and 'Zhoom' both played for Kabwe United (formerly Broken Hill). There was another South African over for trials as well, Bernard Hartze. He later accused the club and DR of being a racist! He claims that DR told him that unless he was a proven and established international then Leeds were not interested - all allegedly of course. Ginger was something of a personality in the South African game and would apparently chat away to spectators during games and take the piss out of opposition players with them. Ginger also believed that Albert was intimidated (bullied) by senior management (officials) within the clubs boardroom! This was something that another South African, Steve Mokone, also told me, he felt that Albert was deliberately made to feel different in certain areas of the club, in particular, the boardroom...

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(59 replies, posted in Books)

It's kinda weird having to prove who I am Mick. But here goes

I am PH the Leeds supporter, have been all my life. Many folk know that on other sites such as LUFC Talk etc - Nottingham White et al. I have LUFC tattoos

As far as I am aware the Carlisle book bloke is dead. I am not the man!

I knew Billy from when I was 8, top bloke, my hero and I idolised him.

The book was about to be granted official status back in 1997 after lengthy negotiations with Peter Ridsdale et al. I have the official letters to prove it. When Billy died I was devastated, I felt inappropriate to go ahead with my book since I didn't want to cause grief to his family, it felt morally wrong to go ahead with it. I therefore pulled it. I was well and truly cheesed off when the 'Legend' book was published, in fact I had words with the author.

I have penned a previous LUFC book in 1994 - Elland Rd Encyclopedia (Mainstream) it was an A-Z of LUFC. It wasn't a huge seller. I later went on to write for the official LUFC magazine and had a teletext webpage on Leeds and received loads of abusive letters from Scum fans. Still have them as testimony as to how anal and jealous they actually are. I also wrote a book called Yorkshire Murders back in 1994, it was reprinted a few years back I think. Have never penned anything on the Ipswich Serial Killer, David Beckham etc, They are indeed other writers called Paul Harrison. My season ticket collection goes back countless years.

My uncle was one of the people arrested for the pitch invasion (Ray Tinkler is a twat) at Elland Rd against West Brom. Nought to be proud of I know, but hey, he was no hooligan, he was a superstar to me, and a great uncle to boot.
He took me to watch LUFC across the world. In my opinion there are (cut and paste) authors who deserve the very proper opinions you hold, I am not one of them. From Crossgates to Garforth via Oakwood, I am me and I am Leeds. Off to Reading now...

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(87 replies, posted in Books)

MickMcCann wrote:
AlbertJ wrote:
old codger wrote:

I haven't got there yet but I would imagine it's more to do with AJ being the first black man to play in a Wembley FA Cup final, rather than anything new big_smile

Ah, thanks for that, I thought it may be new detail as opposed to a rehash of whats already in other books etc. roll I'll maybe get it out of local library for a read. wink

Paul, it's a fucking Encyclopaedia, it's bound to contain some already known stuff, but come on if you're writing the new Albert book, tell me other firsts that Albert achieved or remarkable facts to do with him.

And in mine there's absolutely shit loads of stuff you won't find in other books, most of the books on Leeds seem to leave out the interesting stuff and put in the dull. I bet half the entries are not even mentioned in other books. But one thing my book isn't is 'knocked out' I did shit-loads of research, read the book, it drips with it. That's beacuse I love the city and wanted to get it as right as pos and dig out 'new' material. For example, someone mentioned Barnbow above, random, I didn't, Gore did, it's one entry out of a book full and for Barnbow, amongst shit-loads of reading up, I interviewed a guy who worked there for 30 years, started as a metallurgist and worked up into senior management, discovered an unpublished pamphlet on Barnbow From Munitions to Main Battle Tanks by Lieutenant T. J. Roy of REME Corps (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) that as a result will get digitised and made available to more people.

Here's a challenge for you Paul, find another British or European city that has an Encyclopaedia. Here's a clue, 6 months ago I found The London Encyclopaedia but it is not an encyclopaedia of London but of the built environment of London; streets, buildings, museums, breweries, old established shops, markets etc. So Solid Crew are not in, neither is Ken Livingstone or Charles Dickens, unless they’re featured in a museum; it is not an encyclopaedia of London.  A couple of months ago I did find one, that looks like a proper encycl, for New York.

Or find another book on any city that has a similar tone or feel. My book may be shit in many ways, but it certainly isn't derivative, predicatable or like other books.

Fuck me, I need to chill out. roll Sorry if I come across as arrogant, it's what I think.

Whoa there, not after a war of words at all. Re Albert, it'll all be in the new book, one pointless fact I can tell you, he was an accomplished harmonica player, how interesting is that. The books not been thrown together, it's been an ongoing work for about ten years on and off, just decided to actually finish it this year. Not knocking your book at all mate, I researched and wrote The Elland Rd Encyclopaedia back in 1994 (A-Z of LUFC) I know how hard it was pulling all sorts of material together for that - and it was only one subject, so can imagine how hard it is to compile one on an entire city. You mention Barnbow, oddly enough Mick, I worked at Barnbow (Crossgates) from 1977 - 1986. Used to spend a lot of time drinking in the Manston and the Travellers, we lived in Austhorpe Road for a while. Barnbow was a great place to work - all gone now sadly. wink

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(87 replies, posted in Books)

old codger wrote:
AlbertJ wrote:
old codger wrote:

I haven't got there yet but I would imagine it's more to do with AJ being the first black man to play in a Wembley FA Cup final, rather than anything new big_smile

Ah, thanks for that, I thought it may be new detail as opposed to a rehash of whats already in other books etc. roll I'll maybe get it out of local library for a read. wink

I did 'get' the tone of your post, Albert big_smile

wink wink wink wink MoT

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(87 replies, posted in Books)

old codger wrote:
AlbertJ wrote:

Is that a pic of Albert Johanneson I see on the front cover? Does that mean he features in this volume? Will there be lots of 'new' material on him in the book, or is it a rehash of what is already known? Would be interested to know please.

I haven't got there yet but I would imagine it's more to do with AJ being the first black man to play in a Wembley FA Cup final, rather than anything new big_smile

Ah, thanks for that, I thought it may be new detail as opposed to a rehash of whats already in other books etc. roll I'll maybe get it out of local library for a read. wink

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(87 replies, posted in Books)

Is that a pic of Albert Johanneson I see on the front cover? Does that mean he features in this volume? Will there be lots of 'new' material on him in the book, or is it a rehash of what is already known? Would be interested to know please.

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(11 replies, posted in LUFC legends)

Yes they are aware, the author has been in contact with them both. big_smile

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(59 replies, posted in Books)

Just finished reading this, brought so many memories flooding back from the era.
Really enjoyable read.