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Book Launch: Bob Lord of Burnley

25 July 2019

The Clarets Store is now stocking the latest book by renowned authors Dave Thomas and Mike Smith, chronicling the life and times of former Burnley Football Club Chairman Bob Lord.

‘Bob Lord of Burnley’ is a unique hardback biography with a foreword by Keith Hackett, including 32 pages of pictures, many of them previously unseen, and its publication marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the 1960 title season that brought him so much pride.

Co-author Dave said: “Bob was, without doubt, one of the great figures of football history in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

“Portrait after portrait of him, written today, uses words like belligerent, argumentative, controversial, autocratic and forthright. And yet there was so much more to him that that.

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“His contributions, thoughts, ideas and visions shaped Burnley Football Club and his predictions are fully evident today. His Burnley legacy remains in the bricks and mortar of the Bob Lord Stand, the Cricket Field Stand and at Gawthorpe, now Barnfield.

“He influenced and shaped not just Burnley FC but the Football League as well. He was on committee after committee, ruled Burnley FC with a rod of iron, raised and sold players, oversaw three great teams and then saw his dreams die a slow death once he had dismissed Jimmy Adamson.

“This is a book that will tell the complete story of his achievements, beginning with the growth of his business, his rise to the board, his control of the club, his confrontations, his visionary predictions, but also his generosity to the players.

“It is a story of pride and ambition and triumph, but then becomes a story of how dreams can fade and the best of plans can crumble.

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Dave added: “The story is told through impeccable research into his early days, business dealings, masonic membership, and share purchases; through the stories of his contemporaries, his opponents, his adversaries, the people who worked for him, and especially the players that knew him, using both face to face interviews, innumerable books including his own, newspapers and archives.

“The club provided access to the original minutes of board meetings giving a detailed picture of the minutiae of the club’s business and decisions.

“A very rare tape recording of a one-hour 1981 radio interview made shortly before his death, gives a fascinating glimpse into the man and his thoughts.

“This is a book that whilst it outlines all the achievements and controversies, looks at what lay behind them, what made him the man that he was, what were the pressures and problems he faced; and it tries to provide some kind of perspective against the background of all his triumphs and indeed, eventual failures.”

Bob Lord of Burnley is now available at the Clarets Store, priced at £19.99

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