Mud Sweat and Shears : Tales from the Turf - Life as a Football League Groundsman Paperback
Mud, Sweat and Shears is the story of Roy Oldfield - groundsman at Burnley FC through the 1970s and 1980s.
It tells of how he went from miner to parks and recreation man and eventually became one of football's most-respected turf men.
On the pitch he saw more bad times than good, but his offer to "Av a brew" was gladly accepted by a procession of football greats: from Brian Clough to Bill Shankly, and Denis Law to Kevin Keegan.
He faced daily battles with the weather and directors, but single-handedly produced a pitch which received continued praise from players, managers and referees well before the modern immaculate pitches.
Roy used his wits, a mower, wheelbarrow, a couple of forks and sand; in an age when most pitches turned to mudbaths at a drop of rain and games were played on snow.
This is a unique football book: through a groundsman's eyes, and it tells the story of what typically went on behind the scenes at one club before football became the multi-million-pound industry it is today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Includes colour photo section
- Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/06/2017
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781785312946