From Flat Cap to Bronx Hat

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In the first parts of his autobiography, veteran West Bromwich Albion supporter Terry Wills remembers the peaks and troughs of supporting the club between 1940 and 1968. His experiences include the dangers of watching football during National Service, the downside of a 16 hour queue for tickets and the incomparable joy of two Wembley trips. More
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Published: March 30, 2013
Words: 59,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301777211
About Terry Wills

Terry Wills is one of West Bromwich Albion’s best-known supporters. He saw his first Albion match in 1940 and has witnessed over 2,000 more since in almost three quarters of a century of support.
His devotion has been recognised with awards from the Premier League, Sunday Mercury and the Express & Star. Enhanced by over a decade as co-editor of Grorty Dick fanzine, his opinion has long been regularly sought by the local media and more latterly by the football club themselves. Since its inception, Terry has sat on Albion’s Liaison Committee. “Recycled teenager” Terry is rapidly approaching his 80th year and lives in South Birmingham with his wife Dot

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Review by: Colin Harris on Nov. 30, 2013 : star star star star star
It is obvious, from reading the book, that Terry has two great loves and passions in his life Dot, his lovely wife and West Bromwich Albion FC. Terry has interwoven his personal life, creating a rich tapestry of Albion's, and football in general, history and intertwined it with global historical events along with the mention of films, shows and pop music of the day to provide the reader with a time perspective and to jog a memory of a bygone era with a deftness that resulted in this reader being transported back to a time that held fond memories and elicited emotions that had lain dormant, as they do in us all, until that "trigger" rejuvenates and brings them back to life. "Flat Cap To Bronx Hat" was that "trigger" for me.

Whilst reading, I experienced the full range of the emotional roller-coaster that Baggies fans specifically and football fans in general can fully appreciate, feelings that collided and, at the same time, strangely, complimented each other, from happiness to sadness, joy to despair, laughter to tears and not all necessarily Baggies related. In my humble opinion, a thoroughly good read with a diversity that grips the attention from beginning to end.
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Review by: Roger Thompson on June 14, 2013 : star star star star star
I found this book fascinating.
I could not put it down. A real page turner.
The author account balances his life's experiences, travels and match accounts in a very interesting and riveting manner.
A must read for any West Bromwich Albion fan young or old.
I cannot wait for the next instalment.
Thank you Terry for the effort you have put in to this BEST SELLER.
10 stars for me. 5 is not nearly enough. Well done.
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Review by: David Lones on May 20, 2013 : star star star star star
Agree wholeheartedly with Andy. A captivating read. Was able to re-live my own childhood and teenage years through the perceptive eyes of the author, not only as a Baggies fan but also as a Smethwick kid living through and coming to terms with the war and post-war period. Thank you Terry.
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Review by: Andy Wakeman on May 10, 2013 : star star star star star
This is a great read not just for Albion fans but for all football fans. It takes you through all the emotions that real football fans feel. This part covers the 40' and 50's and captures the post war years in vivid detail. I am looking forward to subsequent editions that will cover more recent years. Highly recommended.
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