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John Leigh

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age

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Half a century ago, Bobby Johnstone became the first player to score in consecutive F.A. Cup finals at Wembley. He was also part of the Hibs 'Famous Five' front line. Yet Bobby Johnstone did not earn his fortune. This is his story.

Born at the end of the 1920's, at Selkirk, in the Scottish borders, his early life was tough. After the war, Bobby's began his football career with Selkirk F.C., but the mighty Hibernian soon noticed.

Hibs had not won a major trophy for over forty years, but they assembled the all-international forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond, known as the "Famous Five", and their golden age began.

He went on to play for Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. He left a rich sporting legacy; his were the days of the heavy leather football, the heaving terraces, and the true unpredictability of the outcome.

The book tells Bobby's footballing story, from his time as a player for Selkirk, through his fabulous career, and onto retirement, illustrated through interviews with those who played alongside Bobby at every stage of his career.

About the Author

John Leigh is a Manchester City fan and Bobby Johnstone was his hero. This is his first book.

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