'The Working Man's Ballet' to be available in paperback

The sports book with the greatest title of all time – no, not the one called The Greatest about Muhammad Ali – is becoming available in paperback for the first time.

It is 20 years since Alan Hudson, once the darling of Stamford Bridge, first published The Working Man’s Ballet.

That brilliant characterising of football into four succinct words helped this autobiography by the maverick genius of Chelsea and, altogether too briefly, England, become a cult classic.

Ex-Chelsea maestro Alan Hudson’s book The Working Man’s Ballet was published 20 years ago

The quality of the writing by the maverick midfielder is as fluent as it is uniquely different

Yet the title was by no means the only phrase as dazzling as the footwork of this midfield maestro. 

The Working Man’s Ballet is all Hudson’s own work. Every…

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