Author Ian Thomson will be appearing at Aberdeen’s Prince of Wales on St. Nicholas Lane on Monday 23rd December between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with limited signed copies of “Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil.”
Copies of the book cost £9 and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the short-lived United Soccer Association tournament launched by multimillionaire American sports promoters after the televised ratings success of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.
Eddie Turnbull’s Aberdeen side was chosen to represent the Washington Whips given the lack of local American playing talent. President Lyndon B. Johnson was presented with a season ticket for the team’s six home games at the District of Columbia Stadium.
The eight-week summer league saw teenager Martin Buchan staking his claim for a starting role in Turnbull’s team. Bobby Clark dazzled the crowds with his goalkeeping prowess, and Iron Man defender Ally Shewan made his 200th consecutive appearance as the Whips won the Eastern Division to set up America’s first pro soccer championship decider against the Los Angeles Wolves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
It was the greatest soccer final played on American soil.
Buchan, Clark and Shewan are among the players from eight guest teams that share their memories of the capers, the gimmicks, the celebrity brushes and the games that combined to provide them with the trip of a lifetime.
“Summer Of ‘67” is also available in Kindle and paperback format via Amazon.
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Dec. 13, 2013 — Clark Steers Notre Dame To First College Cup Final
June 7, 2013 — Sunderland’s Jim Baxter And The Vancouver Royal Canadians
June 4, 2013 — Hibees And Hippies: From Leith To San Francisco
June 3, 2013 — Dallas Tornado Spawns Dundee United’s Tangerine Terrors
May 24, 2013 — The U.S. President With A Soccer Season Ticket