Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The Working Man’s Ballet documents Hudson’s journey from a prefab in working-class Chelsea to the heights of global football via Chelsea, Stoke City, Arsenal, Seattle Sounders and England. A true maverick, his story is set against the backdrop of The Kings Road – the spiritual home of the Swinging Sixties and Seventies – and captures the essence of a man who could delight and frustrate in equal measure.
His post-football life has seen many twists and turns, with a road accident nearly killing him in 1997. A natural storyteller, a friend and contemporary of George Best and Bobby Moore, Alan Hudson remains an intriguing London character.
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.’Last updated:
Crowdfunding is a means of financing a product, in this case a book, through the producer (in this case us) receiving advance pledges from individuals (backers) interested in purchasing it. If sufficient pledges are received, the book will be published.
Kickstarter is the most well-known and globally-recognised web platform for crowdfunding projects, and will be used to try and raise the necessary money to produce the book. More info on Kickstarter here https://www.kickstarter.com/about?ref=footer .Last updated:
We need to raise a minimum of £5,000 to produce the book. Pledges are of course welcome from worldwide Chelsea supporters, and differential international costs are made clear on the Kickstarter page. There is also the option to choose to pledge for a signed copy, or for special rewardsLast updated:
In essence would-be backers make a pledge during the thirty-one day period of the campaign, entering their credit or debit card details into the secure online Kickstarter system. If the fundraising target is reached (and only if it is reached), then once the campaign closes, the money is deducted from the backers card. A firm order will then placed with the printers.Last updated:
By pledging for a reward you are helping raise funds to reach the crowdfunding target. The Kickstarter page is open for pledges from 15th July to 15th August, a period of thirty-one days. Even if the target of £5,000 is reached, pledges can still be made until 15th August.Last updated:
In order to pledge to the project, potential backers will need to follow the steps below. You can use a debit or credit card associated with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Here is a how-to-pledge guide, provided by Kickstarter.
Go to the project page, http://kck.st/2upYvTF
Hit the green 'Back this project' button.
1. Enter in a pledge amount for the reward you choose.
2. Select the reward you'd like (i.e which region you want the book(s) posted to and whether you want a signed copy).
3. Scroll down to the green 'Continue to next step' button and click it.
4. If you have a Kickstarter account, log in. If not, choose whether you wish to open an account or proceed as a guest.
5. Enter the information associated with the credit card you'd like to use for the pledge, or choose to use a card you've already stored (if you already have a Kickstarter account).
6. If you'd like to store this card information for future use, confirm the 'Remember this card for future pledges' box is checked.
7. Click the green 'Pledge' button.
8. You'll be directed to a confirmation page and will receive an email from Kickstarter shortly indicating that you're a backer.
If you run into any issues during the process, you should let Kickstarter know where they encounter the problem and if they get any specific error messages. Kickstarter have produced an FAQ at https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions giving more information on this process.Last updated:
If the minimum target of £5,000 is not reached, no money will be deducted from backers accounts.Last updated:
If sufficient funds are raised, and the book is produced, the people who made pledges automatically become backers, as it becomes a live project.Last updated:
If the target is reached, backers will be advised that the project has been successful and the pledged money will be deducted from their accounts.Last updated:
Kickstarter are the most well-known online Crowdfunding company and have a strong reputation in terms of reliability and integrity. They have been used for thousands of successful projects.Last updated:
The plan is that the book would be dispatched in November 2017. Backers will receive regular e-mail progress updates until the dispatch date.Last updated:
If the campaign is successful, backers will be emailed asking for their addresses and for the name to be included in the list of backers.Last updated:
You can indeed. The Kickstarter page lists prices for UK, European Union and Rest Of The World.Last updated:
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