Do you remember being sixteen? Learning to love music and girls. Receiving painful knock backs from girls. Lying in bed till dinner time. Learning to love your local, non-league football club.
Ken Barlow`s – no not that one – fabulous book ‘Mild & Bitter Were The Days` captures all these emotions and much, much more. Quite why he decided to keep a diary whilst growing up in Wigan in 1970 even Ken doesn`t know but cross Adrian Mole with Non League football and you`ll get a pretty good idea of the content.
As Ken describes: “It was Wigan 1970 and terrace violence was beginning to dominate football, even non-league Wigan Athletic had their ‘boot-boys`.
Elsewhere, Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull were breaking new ground in rock music. Meanwhile Ken remained perplexed by the fairer sex leading him to conclude that , “?life wur pot”
But this book is about so much more than that. It`s about friendships and relationship and knockbacks and wondering just what life has in store. Football is the underlying passion and of course Wigan Athletic were a pretty successful side in non-league and cup giant killing circles during this era”
The author himself will be making an appearance on Saturday 12th September at Waterstones, Grand Arcade, Wigan where you can purchase a signed copy of his book and meet the author for a mere £9.99. At twelve noon, there will be a half time break and fresh off the bench, a certain Dave Whelan is expected to arrive signing copies of his new autobiography ‘Playing To Win`.
Two very different books, yet both are a must for any true fan epitomising in detail both the past and present of Wigan Athletic Football Club
Ken Barlow will also be making a further appearance at the Supporters` Club venue before a future home game or you can buy from Waterstones, the Brickmakers Arms` or can be bought online at http://www.mildandbitter.co.uk/
A MUST FOR EVERY WIGAN ATHLETIC FAN WHO HAS EVER BEEN SIXTEEN?.OR SOON WILL BE?OR IS SIXTEEN?YOU GET THE PICTURE
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