The war against Germany is about to be declared. In front of a 23,000-strong crowd at Burndon Park, Bolton Wanderers captain, Harry Goslin, gives a rousing speech before leading the entire team to the Territorial Army Drill Hall where they all sign up. For the next six years, as gunners in the 53rd Field Regiment of the Bolton Artillary, they face some of the heaviest fighting in the Second World War, in France, North Africa and Italy, and also establish themselves as a formidable Regimental football team throughout the theatre of war. Of the full squad only one is killed in action - the remainder return home to their families and to their football careers. But this is much more than a war story. It is much more than a foot-ball story. It is the story of three individuals: ray Westwood, who is already a star; his inseparable team-mate Ernie Forest, whose ready wit carries him through in the face of adversity; and Nat Lofthouse, who is still only a schoolboy when war intervenes to link their destinies. This is the story of a team whose loyalty led them into a bloody world conflict, and whose indomitable spirit enabled them to survive it.
Most of all it is the story of a football club whose very existence is an essential part of a town's soul.
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Author Biography - Tim Purcell
Tim Purcell lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two sons. He has had an illustrious career in the media which has included writing for TV and Radio as well as writing, producing and directing feature films, corporate videos and music promos. Mike Gething has been a fanatical supporter of the Bolton Wanderers since he saw his first game in 1968. He is currently chairman of the Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Club in London. He works in the music business.