Alan Hudson was Chelsea Football Club’s home-grown boy genius. He broke into a team already fizzing with the flamboyant talent of Peter Osgood and Charlie Cooke, his mercurial skills and style imprinting themselves on football fans far and wide. He represents a golden era in English football, when flair flourished and people spoke their minds – something Alan does to this day and which makes this book very different to other player autobiographies.
Michael Parkinson wryly observed: ‘Apart from being abducted by aliens there is nothing dramatic that hasn’t happened to Alan Hudson, but give it time.’
Jeff Powell of The Daily Mail describes The Working Man’s Ballet as: ‘Idiosyncratic, off-the-wall, quirky, often bizarre, sometimes surreal – Hudson offers his weird and wonderful insight into the world of flowing football and life in the London fast lane.’
We are seeking to crowdfund an updated and expanded larger-format (Demy) paperback edition of the book, originally published in limited numbers in 1996. To finance this, we are trying to raise at least £5,000 through Kickstarter. A single copy for the UK costs £19 (including p&p) - prices for different parts of the world, for signed copies and for other rewards, are listed at the right of this page.
The book comes with an introduction by John King (author of The Football Factory), and an afterword by Martin Knight (biographer of George Best, Peter Osgood and Charlie Cooke).
Risks and challenges
We are experienced book publishers and confident we can achieve the target publication date of November 2017, but as with any publishing project, there is a small risk that this date will not be achieved.
With Kickstarter the money is only deducted from your account if, as we hope, we reach the £5,000 target. If we are successful, it will be deducted only once the project has closed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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