Thursday, 23 September 2021

Review - Hot topics tackled

Review - Hot topics tackled
ENGLAND legend Bobby Moore, managerial pioneer Herbert Chapman and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi were on the agenda at the football icons panel.

Dozens of visitors made their way to the town hall for the talk by football journalists turned authors Matt Dickinson, Patrick Barclay and Guillem Balague.

Dickinson’s warts-and-all biography of World Cup hero Moore, Bobby Moore: The Man in Full, was released last month, while Balague’s book on the Argentinian wizard, simply named Messi, both came on sale last December.

Barclay, whose The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman was released in January, chaired the discussion as the panellists talked about not only their own books but the state of football at large.

The conversation flowed naturally from the start. The three men seemed more like friends at the pub than speakers at a literary festival. Like your average pubgoer at 3pm on a Saturday, they spoke as if they knew everything about football. Unlike a pubgoer, they may well be right.

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