The Man Who Said No to England - Win A Copy Of The Jimmy Adamson Biographyby Mick Bates / 22 July 2013, 16:07Tweet
Jimmy Adamson may not be a name familiar to all football fans but during the 1950s and 60s, he had the world at his feet and was a household name after winning the old First Division with Burnley in 1960. He later captained the side to an FA Cup final defeat in 1962, the same year he was named footballer of the year, feats for which he is still considered a legend at the Lancashire club.
Following a successful playing career with the Clarets, where he made an impressive 426 appearances over 17 years (placing him sixth in their all time appearance list), Adamson managed the team from 1970 – 1976.
He left England for a short lived spell at Sparta Rotterdam before returning to take on the managerial reigns at Sunderland between 1976-1978, before joining Leeds United, where he would spend two years in charge at Elland Road.
To non-Burnley fans, Adamson will be remembered for famously turning down the chance to succeed Walter Winterbottom in managing the England national team ahead of Alf Ramsey. Citing a lack of experience needed for the role, Adamson often joked that by him turning the job down, it opened the door for England to win the 1966 World Cup.
His story is immortalised in the new book "The Man Who Said No to England" by Dave Thomas, a lifelong Burnley fan. The biography offers an insight in to this enigmatic footballing figure and contains a foreword by World Cup winner and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
We are giving all fans of theSackrace.com a chance to win a copy of the hardback book that is published by Pitch Publishing.
All you have to do to win is follow us on Twitter (@thesackrace) and retweet the competition, which can be found below.
The book is set to be published on August 1st 2013 and is available from all the leading online retailers or the Pitch Perfect website.
Winners will be notified via a DM on Twitter on Friday 26th July