Author(s): John Gwynne
‘John Gwynne is the spirit of Soccer Saturday’
As supporter, player and broadcaster, John Gwynne has enjoyed a lifelong passion for football.
In Soccer Satisfied we follow a footballing journey which originated in the Shropshire countryside of the 1950s. Shrewsbury Town was the local league team but a move to Manchester triggered over sixty years of undying love for Manchester City.
This sky blue thread weaves through the book, interspersed with memories of John's own playing career at grass roots level, anecdotes from his broadcasting career on local radio and for Sky's 'Soccer Saturday' and memorable evenings on the dinner circuit. John has met and befriended many great characters including Bert Trautmann, Denis Law, Jimmy Armfield and Gordon Banks. Meetings with Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Moore and Sir Alex Ferguson have left a lasting impression. Pain and passion are felt as he writes movingly of the Munich tragedy and the death of his beloved and ever-supportive wife Margaret.
On a lighter note, there are a host of humorous anecdotes and one of broadcasting's most distinctive voices can be heard on every page. Soccer Satisfied is a warm, nostalgic journey connecting two quite different eras. The game has changed markedly but John's enthusiasm for it has not dimmed.
|FORMAT||235 x 165 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||10 September 2020
|ILLUSTRATIONS||30 colour photographs|
John Gwynne has one of the most distinctive voices in broadcasting, delighting sports fans from the oche, the boundary's edge and the touchline on radio and television for nearly forty years. Soccer Satisfied charts a lifetime's passion for football which originated in the Shropshire countryside in the 1950's. It features John's undying love for Manchester City, his years of broadcasting on local radio and for Sky Sports and memorable evenings on the dinner circuit. John has met many of the great characters of the game and befriended such as Bert Trautmann, Denis Law, Jimmy Armfield and Gordon Banks. He recalls memorable encounters with legends such as Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Moore and Sir Alex Ferguson and provides a host of humorous anecdotes in his own inimitable style. He also writes movingly of the pain felt on hearing of the tragedy at Munich and the death of his beloved and ever-supportive wife, Margaret. Soccer Satisfied is a warm, nostalgic journey connecting two quite contrasting eras. The game might have changed markedly but John's enthusiasm for it has remained undimmed.