Great tales from non-league football in Stan's book

Officials and fans of senior non-league football clubs, including Prescot Cables, St Helens Town and Pilkington, who want to read a good book to alleviate the boredom of lockdown, need look no further than 'Don't Screw Up Hon. Sec'.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 12:59 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 1:00 pm
The book 'Don't Screw Up Hon. Sec'

It is written by former Burscough and Welsh outfit secretary Stan Strickland and takes a sometimes personal, serious and irreverent look back over a quarter of a century

Those years included some of the greatest experiences of his life, from being part of one of the biggest miracles in English non-league football history when Burscough became the smallest club ever to win the FA Trophy - beating Tamworth 2-1 in the final at Villa Park - to dealing with a nominated movie star.

Then there was the Burscough goalie, Alan Robinson, who rushed to the toilet behind the sticks to have a pee when the ball went out of play and the mischief Liverpool legend Steve Gerrard got up to.

Along with Stan, I wrote the book, 'Green Village Heroes - the History of Burscough FC' - some 20 years ago and while I may be a little biased, his latest contribution to the literary world is a must read.

It sets out to entertain and put a few records straight, pulls no punches at times, yet overriding all else is his great sense of achievement of 25 years well spent in the game he loves.

The book, which costs £6, can be purchased from Amazon.