Roy Vernon was one of the most deadly strikers in English football’s golden era.
His goals helped take Wales to the World Cup finals.
Blackburn Rovers to the First Division.
And Everton to League Championship glory.
At Stoke City he was part of Tony Waddington’s resurgent 1960s team.
But he was more than just a great player. He was a maverick, a smoker, a joker, who defied his managers off the pitch and delighted them on it.
Now, 50 years after his retirement from a game he gave so much to award-nominated author Rob Sawyer - working in collaboration with renowned Everton historian, David France - wants to tell Vernon’s life story.
By supporting this crowdfunding project we will able to publish Roy Vernon’s biography this autumn. We have put together a series of enticing rewards that we think you’ll love and will help us get over the line.
Rewards you can back
Merseyside Millionaires includes a signed print of Dixie Dean. A fully colourised image of Dixie Dean is paired with a genuine signature of Dixie's.
For just £15 you can get a signed copy of the book as well as your name in the appendix as a backer.
The postcard set will include Roy Vernon in his Rovers, Stoke, Everton and Wales kit as well as one of him and his Everton strike partner, Alex Young together.
The books you can get as part of the rewards:
Money Can't Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s
When the wealthy Littlewoods corporation owner John Moores took control of Everton Football Club in 1960 it set in motion a chain of events that still affect the game in this country today. Although big clubs had spent money before, none had done so with such naked short-term ambition and a ruthlessness to succeed that sent shockwaves through the previously stagnant world of English football. Money Can’t Buy Us Love tells the tale of how Moores and manager Harry Catterick took the so-called ‘Mersey Millionaires’ to the summit of English football, in the context of the major cultural changes of the time.
Rovers Revolution: Blackburn's Rise from Nowhere to Premier League Champions
When local lad made good Jack Walker took over the club and opened his wallet, stars such as Gary Lineker thought it was a joke and the media laughed along with them.
Yet that all changed with the arrival of the most famous football manager in the land. When Kenny Dalglish sat in the director’s box of a shocked Ewood Park in October 1991, Rovers were in the bottom half of the second division. A little more than three and a half years later, they were champions after one of the most dramatic seasons in modern football history.
With interviews with those who were there, this book tells the story of that 1994-95 season that ended in confusion and then ecstasy at Anfield, as well as events leading up to it – the dark days of the eighties, promotion and the early years of the Premier League.
The Binman Chronicles
The autobiography of Everton and Wales legend Neville Southall.
The autobiography of Liverpool and Wales legend John Toshack.
Harry Catterick: The Untold Story of a Football Great
Following extensive research, including being given unique access to the Catterick family’s documents and photographs, Rob Sawyer has recounted the life of this football great for the very first time. It is a story taking in a working class childhood in County Durham, adolescence in Stockport, a playing career stymied by misfortune, the struggles of a lower league managerial apprenticeship, heady times of top-flight success, managerial downfall and ill-health, contentment in semi-retirement and an untimely early passing – fittingly in the place he is most closely associated with.
The Prince of Centre-Halves: The Life of 'T.G.' Jones
Author Rob Sawyer uncovers the true story of this enigmatic football legend. Utilising a mixture of archive material and interviews with those who knew Jones and saw him play, Sawyer paints a compelling picture of a brilliant footballer and outspoken and complicated man. Rebel, pioneer and football genius, this is the definitive story of one of the game’s forgotten heroes.
Faith of our Families: Signed Limited Edition
Signed by Everton greats Neville Southall and Bob Latchford. Swiss bound with a clothbound inside cover and binding. Exclusive design by ToffeeArt features an Archibald Leitch balustrade, which is laser cut into the wibalin book cover to reveal a white flyleaf. An exquisite and unique collectible.
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Music: Luke Ford
•Please note that all artwork is subject to change in the lead up to print.
Risks and challenges
As with all publishing, delays in publication can occur however we are an experienced publisher and will strive to make sure it is all on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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