The Gerry Hitchens Story
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The Gerry Hitchens Story follows the life of a young miner who was plucked from the mineshaft to find himself playing football for Aston Villa, and then in the Italian League a few years later.
It is surely something that dreams were made of, a real rags-to-riches story; however, this is exactly what happened to one such talented, working-class lad from a small Shropshire mining village in the late 1950s.
Gerry Hitchens was an uncomplicated footballer with obvious natural ability and virtues. He also had a bit extra to offer the instinct to sniff out half chances and to score goals in abundance at any level.
It is fair to say there have been more skillful players than Hitchens, but footballers do not always require skill and flair to succeed at the very top - sometimes hard work and determination are equally important.
Containing a foreword by Jimmy Greaves and contributions from Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Armfield OBE, Gigi Riva, Louis Suarez and Brian Glanville, The Gerry Hitchens Story is about a great footballer who was born to play .
About the Author
Simon Goodyear resides in Warwickshire and is an author of football books, mainly about Aston Villa.