The Untouchables: Anfield’s Band of Brothers is a collaboration between Jeff Goulding, a Liverpool author and Kop season ticket holder, and Reds’ fan and Liverpool FC historian, Kieran Smith. The pair are passionate about the history of their club and are on a mission to improve people’s understanding of it.
The book chronicles the rise and fall of one of the greatest Liverpool teams ever. That side included Tom Bromilow, an enlisted man who stepped off the streets of Liverpool and straight into the team. Still in uniform when he arrived at the doors of the Anfield stadium asking for a trial, he was one of tens of thousands of Liverpudlians who fought in World War One.
“His signing would help complete a jigsaw that eventually revealed an image of footballing perfection, a team so great they were called ‘The Untouchables’,” said Goulding.
The book brings to life a host of incredible characters, uncovers friendships and rivalries, and reveals amazing backstories. Readers will get to meet men like Bootle-born Walter Wadsworth, tough-talking Irishman Elisha Scott, champion boxer Jock McNab and many other fascinating figures. ‘The Untouchables’ is the result of painstaking research carried out over two years, and involved scouring newspapers, archives, military and census records as well as hours of interviews with family members of the team. Smith told us:
‘This book reveals previously unknown detail and sheds new light on old controversies, including the real reason behind the departure of the club’s manager, Dave Ashworth.’
The authors’ work has certainly been meticulous, and this is a story lovingly told, breathes new life into a fascinating and long forgotten story. Readers will also geta glimpse of life in the city as the club rose from the Lancashire League and the men who achieved such success grew up in the shadow of Anfield. It promises to be a unique insight into a forgotten period when the game was very different to the one that we watch today.
Highlights include the story of how several of that team’s players survived the horror of the European battlefield to return home and lead their club and their city to glory. On of them, youngster Danny Shone, would fight for his life in a French military hospital during World War One before earning a championship medal with his boyhood club.
In addition, the book explores the lives of the likes of Elisha Scott, Tom Bromilow and Walter Wadsworth amongst many others, and sheds new light on the reasons behind the shock departure of Liverpool manager, David Ashworth, midway through their second title winning season.
The book will feature unprecedented detail and promises to be the most comprehensive account of the club, the period and this team ever written, and it will be accompanied by 32 pages of photographs, many of them previously unseen. The book will be published in the UK and Europe on September 20th, 2021, ahead of its US publication date in the New Year. However, readers of our website here in the States, will have their chance to get their hands on advanced copies. We will be running an exclusive competition with entrants able to win signed copies of the book. Watch this space for details.