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This is now with the publisher for editing and Mike Smith has completed the selection of pictures. Stories were being sent to us right until the last minute including the one about it was Christmas Eve in the workhouse and Mr Lord sacked all his van drivers.  The full story is of course in the book so I won’t spoil it here. But it does have a happy ending and Tiny Tim did get a turkey.

bob lord book bannerIt only came to light at the last minute that Lord’s first choice to open the new Bob Lord Stand was Harold Wilson but owld Bob told him to sling yer ‘ook, as it were, when he fell out with the local labour group.  And so appeared Mr Edward Heath; I wonder if Lord ever told him he was second choice.

Email order forms will be sent out as soon as we know the exact number of pages etc and the cost of postage, but Jimmy Robson has kindly agreed to sign all pre-ordered copies.

Various signing sessions are in the pipeline; plus Mike Smith is organising an evening at Burnley Library and also at the Burnley History Society,  we should be taking part in the Burnley Literary Festival talking about the book and how we went about putting it together.

On Friday October 25th there will be what we’ll call a Bob’s Boys re-union in the James Hargreaves.  We shall invite as many of his ex-players as we can muster for a pie and peas supper, interviews, a bit of entertainment, and BBC newsman Christian Fraser and Burnley fan (about the only man in the UK who can explain Brexit) has agreed to act as question-master. Bring all your old footie books to be signed.

At a price of just £10 per head this must surely be a price that appeals to even the most tight-fisted Yorkshireman (me).

It would be hugely helpful if people could organise a table of ten. If you can, please email me at

Smaller numbers of tickets can be organised nearer the time but if you are willing to set up a table of ten at £100 per table, please get in touch. At this low price and with various costs to meet, we can’t offer a discount on a table of ten but I will be happy to give a copy of one of the No Nay Never books or the Jimmy Mac biog to any table organiser who comes via Up the Clarets.

Ten tables have been sold already.

This promises to be a unique occasion with some of Burnley’s greatest ever players there from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Then: next year, 2020, in February and March there is an exhibition planned for one of the rooms at Towneley Hall with various blow-up pictures and memorabilia. To accompany this there will be small booklet of pictures that did not get into the book and some of our favourites.

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