Press Release: New biography set to take the world of English football by storm!

10/06/2016 09:56

Press Release: New biography set to take the world of English football by storm!

A new look at English football history.

Tony Collins – Football Master Spy                       ISBN:9781910878934

A conventional publishing deal was signed at the beginning of the year with author Quentin Cope, co-author Sarita Collins and The Book Guild Ltd., part of the UK based Troubador Publishing Group, for a fascinating new biography detailing the life and times of Tony Collins, reputed to be the Master Spy of English football and the first black club manager in English Football league history. This collaboration between Cope and Tony Collins daughter, Sarita has resulted in a book that will hold appeal to football historians, match tacticians and keen fans everywhere as well as those with an interest in English social history from the 1920’s to the present day. With a career extending to over 50 years in what is now the rich industry of UK football, Tony Collins excelled as a player for teams such as Watford, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City, Torquay United, York City and Crystal Palace. He then went on to become England’s very first black club manager when he took over the reins at Rochdale, guiding them to the final of the Football League Cup. He followed this triumph as assistant manager at Bristol City in partnership with Alan Dicks, bringing the club to the height of their successes in the late 1970’s. With an outstanding knowledge of play tactics and formations, he soon became the most sought after scout by all the major clubs including Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. Under England team manager Don Revie Collins undertook various scouting missions producing match reports containing such in-depth observational detail they have yet to be equalled to this very day. Revealing some often surprising and possibly contentious facts about ‘the beautiful game’  and some of the big names within it during the 70’s and 80’s, makes this great new book a ‘must have’ accessory to the club scarf and a regularly used season ticket. Illustrated with images depicting the life stages of this very private man, many of which have not been seen before, this well written and exceptionally well produced biography is due for release in the late summer/ early Autumn in paperback and in eBook format during 2017.

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