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The Real Bobby Dazzler: The Bobby Thomson Story


The Real Bobby Dazzler: The Bobby Thomson Story.

Book signing on: Saturday 23rd October 2010 at 11am at:-


Waterstones
128 New Street
Birmingham
B2 4DB

In attendance will be some stars of the past from Villa and Blues, including :-

Gary Shaw, Tony Morley, Jimmy MacEwan, Ronnie Wylie, Malcolm Page, Dave Latchford, Bob Hatton, Jimmy Cumbes (and hopefully Mike Summerbee).

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This is a story of a typical Scottish lad who, from an early age, excelled in every sport and was born a winner. His football talent shone through at the age of nine, and by the time he was 15 he was spotted by Division One champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he eventually spent four long and hard years under the watchful eye of Stan Cullis.

Although Cullis thought he had the raw talent to become a great player and saw him as the successor to the great Billy Wright, he only played twice for the first team and was sold to Aston Villa in 1959. Thomson would quickly make his name in that great Villa side and was an integral part of Mercer`s Minors. After four years at Villa Park, he moved across the city to St Andrew's where he would meet up again with the enigmatic Stan Cullis.

For the second time in his career, Bobby not surprisingly fell out with his manager and his career moved downwards to Stockport County and eventually had a few successful years in the non-League scene. Bobby eventually retired from the game in the early 1970s, but he amazingly continued to play in charity matches for Aston Villa Old Stars until the age of 72.

Throughout his life, Bobby has always been 'Mr Popular` or 'Mr Fix-it`, especially with the ladies, but he never really understood why. He will call himself 'shy and retiring', but his stories may tell another side to this loveable character. 'Fiery` is a word that describes Bobby.He is most definitely a 'one off` in more ways than one, but Bobby can't explain why everyone flocked round him everywhere he went during the hey-day of the 1960s.

Even now, people from all generations can`t get enough of his stories from days gone by about his times with the likes of George Best, Mike Summerbee, Bobby Moore, Johnny Prescott and Paddy Crerand, who travelled miles just to be in the company of Bobby Thomson.

Bobby always enjoyed his drink, but very often it caused more harm than good, and in 2002 he took a friend's advice and started the long road to sobriety by joining Alcoholics Anonymous. After losing his way a few times, he eventually gave up the booze a couple of years later and has never looked back since.

Thomson gives an untold behind-the-scenes insight into his public and private life which touches every raw emotion you can think of. In this compelling book he talks about his hard upbringing in Scotland, the many fights he had with some of his managers and teammates, several near-death experiences, the famous 'sex and booze` scandal which was revealed in a Sunday newspaper in 1967 and also touches on his own battle with the booze.

It also paints Bobby in another light as he has, for many years, raised thousands of pounds for several charities and is always the first to help out others. The book was written with the help of Simon Goodyear, (son of the late David Goodyear) and author of 'The Gerry Hitchens Story - From Mine to Milan` which was published last October. This is the real Bobby Thomson - The Real Bobby Dazzler in his own words. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a rollercoaster of a ride.

Publisher DB Publishing
Author: Simon Goodyear
ISBN 9781859838129
RRP:16.99

Been told by Karl Court (General Secretary Aston Villa Former Players Association)

'Bobby Thomson is a great character and actually played 15 mins for the Old Stars earlier this year aged 73 !!'




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Date:Tuesday October 19 2010

Time: 2:37PM

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15 minutes of football at the age of 73! I know some on here who are 50 years younger than that and couldn't manage five minutes!!!
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