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The story of one of English football’s greatest talents. A true maverick. Introduction by John King. Afterword by Martin Knight.
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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.’  

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).

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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.

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    The Football Factory. One copy. UK

    Signed copy of ‘The Football Factory’ by John King. Special film edition.

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    The Working Man's Ballet. One copy. UK

    One copy of 'The Working Man's Ballet' by Alan Hudson. Name included in list of backers inside the book. Includes UK p&p.

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    The Working Man's Ballet. One copy. EU

    One copy of 'The Working Man's Ballet' by Alan Hudson. Name included in list of backers inside the book. Includes p&p to EU countries.

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    The Working Man's Ballet. Signed. UK

    One copy of 'The Working Man's Ballet' by Alan Hudson, signed by Alan (plus authors John King and Martin Knight if required). Name included in list of backers inside the book. Includes UK p&p.

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    The Working Man's Ballet. One copy. ROTW

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    The Working Man's Ballet. Signed. EU

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    The Working Man's Ballet. Signed. ROTW

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    Get-together with Alan Hudson

    Meet up with Alan Hudson, Martin Knight and John King. Includes refreshments and two signed copies of 'The Working Man's Ballet'. Two names included in list of backers inside the book.

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    Standalone dedication at front of book

    Dedication of your choice, to be agreed with the publisher. Appears at the front of the book on its own page. Five copies of 'The Working Man's Ballet'. Signed by Alan Hudson (plus John King and Martin Knight if required). Includes p&p to anywhere in the world.

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