This Wednesday saw a highly successful book promotion for Richard Crooks’ popular Grandad, What Was Football Like in the 1970s?

The event was held at The Engineer Pub and Restaurant in Harpenden, where a great crowd of football and nostalgia fans came along to hear Richard chat about football in the 70s, and sign copies of his book. Thanks to everyone who attended, and to the staff at The Engineer.

This was just the first event promoting Grandad – of course, we’ll keep you up to date with future plans here as well as on Twitter @PitchPublishing and @richardrccrooks.

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In Grandad, What Was Football Like in the 1970s? you will discover:

  • The identity of the ‘Club of the 70s’ – according to Richard’s consolidated First Division table
  • How attendances declined over the decade, while admission prices rose
  • What the brand-new Watney Cup and Texaco Cup competitions were really all about
  • The challenges of being a turnstile operator – according to Richard’s personal recollections
  • The commercial changes taking place in the game – including the introduction of shirt sponsorship, and the BBC’s difficulties with tracksuit advertising at the 1976 FA Cup Final
  • How England international Tony Currie travelled to Elland Road with his club’s Senior Executive without knowing what was going on – only to be sold to Leeds United
  • What it was like to visit Wembley for the first time for the 1975 League Cup Final – witnessing the aftermath of the previous day’s Moorgate tube train disaster
  • A focus on Sheffield rivalry – including the Third Division’s match of the decade on Boxing Day 1979, which had a major impact on the two clubs and their supporters
  • A passionate recollection of Derek Dooley, the only man who could bridge the ‘Sheffield Divide’