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|A Man For All Seasons: Brian Owen’s Six-Decade Football Odyssey
Brian Owen and Rob Hadgraft
David Pleat and Phil Parkinson
Brief Description: In these days of highly-paid football celebrities, Brian Owen isn’t a household name, yet over the course of the last six decades he has become the only man to have held four different positions; player, coach, scout and physiotherapist in all four divisions of the English Football League.
This fascinating autobiography documents the fifty-five year career of a man whose face is well known at several professional clubs, and details Owen’s journey from promising young player to backroom legend.
Owen’s infectious wit and wisdom means he has an unmatched store of anecdotes. He has seen it all, from the gritty surroundings of the lower divisions to the glamour of travelling with the senior England squad. After recording a lifetime of memories, Owen teams up with sportswriter Rob Hadgraft to tell his story in A Man for All Seasons.
Containing fitting forewords by David Pleat and Phil Parkinson, this book pays tribute to one of the most popular, funniest and down-to-earth professionals ever to be involved with the beautiful game and is a must-read for football fans everywhere.
About the Author:
Brian Owen: Brian was born in Harefield, Middlesex, in 1944, towards the end of WW2. He was a football-mad child who showed an early aptitude for the game. He started his long career in football as a player, notching up some 300 first-team games at Watford, Colchester and Wolves, until he was forced to retire due to injury. He subsequently gained qualifications in coaching and physiotherapy and went on to become one of the best known ‘backroom boys’ in the English game.
Over the course of six decades, Owen has been on the payroll of more than a dozen professional clubs, and enjoyed long periods working for the FA from youth up to senior England level. He is unique in having worked in all four divisions of the English League in four different roles; player, coach, physiotherapist and scout.
Brian has been married to his wife, Carol, for over fifty years and has four children and fourteen grandchildren.
Rob Hadgraft: Rob was born in Luton in 1955. He spent twenty-six years working as a news and sports reporter in regional newspapers and corporate publishing, before becoming a freelance writer in 2000.
Hadgraft has subsequently written eighteen books on sporting history, thirteen of them on football, plus an acclaimed series of five biographies of champion runners of yesteryear.