About this item
Hagiology, 1998. 1st Edition signed, Hardcover. Book Condition: Mint. Dust Jacket Mint .346pp.
Book is a rare 1st edition signed by David Bull, Ted Bates, Terry Paine. Some pictures are signed by Terry Paine and John Sydenham, Ron Davies, Mick Channon and Martin Chivers.
A Tribute at the back is signed by the then chairman Francis Benali
What price loyalty? If loyalty were even modestly rewarded in football today, Matthew Le Tissier would not have been persistently pilloried as 'unambitious' for wishing to remain with Southampton. So what price TED BATES who has been at The Dell ever since 1937? How unambitious can you get? Arriving as a player on his 19th birthday, he has since filled eight different posts at The Dell, becoming President in 1998, shortly before his 80th birthday. But some things haven't changed. Former team-mates, players he managed, later managers and other staff directors and his family, all testify to his enduring commitment to the Saints and his passion for football - as a game demanding devotion and hard work. And loyalty if you can get it.
This book tells the story of Ted Bates' first 60 seasons with the Saints. It is a story of working to overcome limited resources - first his own and then the Club's. As a player, Ted Bates had no hugely enviable talent, apart from an ability to jump higher that you would expect of a 5 ft 9 inch inside forward.
And yet he was much admired by team-mates for finding space to receive the ball, for getting it accurately to his wingers and, most of all, for diving in where it hurt to score 'impossible' goals.
As a manager, he brought Southampton from Division Three to Division One on next to nothing, starting with an astute three-for-one deal in 1959 that complemented his successful youth policy. Then, beginning with Ron Davies in 1966, he found the blend to take the Saints into Europe. Since handing over in 1973 to Lawrie McMenemy, he has continued to go to every home game and most away games - forever seizing opportunities to talk football with a succession of heirs and to give incoming directors an induction to what the game is all about. Loyalty, for instance.
A great book for the Saints devotee
- Added value:
- Signed 1st edition
- Bull, David, 1939-
- Used: very good
- Number of pages:
- Hagiology Publishing
- Dell Diamond
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