Media and Events

BBC Radio Wiltshire : Jonathan Morrell, 22 January 2016 at 00.45.46 to 00.51.44 and at 01.11.50 to 01 17.36

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Graham Morse on Talk Radio Europe : 11th January 2016 (17:25) discussing Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football

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John Blake Publishing Ltd. - 7th January 2016, PB, £8.99

John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of English Football in which author Graham Morse offers a fantastic insight into the man who shaped modern English football.
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Encouraged by good response from readers (see link) and hardback good sales, publishers John Blake now plan a paperback edition to be published in 2016 to tie in with the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup ( for which Walter laid the foundations ). No date yet announced. Watch this space.


Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA, has kindly agreed to write a new foreword for the paperback edition. He said that he was delighted to be asked because his long term strategy for England's success -- broadening our talent base by substantially increasing the quantity and the quality of coaches at junior level, and providing many more 3G pitches -- mirrored Walters own philosophy from sixty years ago. A man ahead of his time indeed!

BOOKSHELF: Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football — by Graham Morse

One of the recommendations of the Football Association report was “an investigation into the current rules with a view to establishing a better system for the development of young players.”

​This was not, however, the report ordered up by current chairman Greg Dyke ahead of the imminent World Cup in Brazil but a report compiled after England’s baffled and bewildered retreat from the World Cup in Brazil in 1950.

So much time, so little change.
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The biography of Sir Walter Winterbottom had been short listed for the British Sports Book Awards in the Football Book of the Year category. The event – which is the UK’s major annual promotion for Sports Writing and Publishing – is a celebration of the very best in sports writing. Category winners will be announced at a star studded black-tie dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 21st May 2014.

Author, Graham Morse said, “The Father of Modern English Football will be competing against a ‘who’s who’ from sport. I am thrilled to be nominated and delighted that Walter Winterbottom is now getting the recognition he so richly deserves.”
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Ray King: Walter Winterbottom and the Winds of Change

To compare Walter Winterbottom with other England managers is a bit like comparing chalk with cheese. Walter was the consummate gentleman, but also possessed a caustic wit that ensured players knew exactly when to “toe the line”. As a coach he was supreme and (please excuse the pun) in a league of his own.
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England v Hungary 60 years on: What lessons have been learned?

25 November, 2013, marked the sixtieth anniversary of England’s 6-3 defeat by Hungary – the first home defeat by a team outside the British Isles. The impact of this watershed match, and Walter Winterbottom’s role, was widely debated in the media.
  • In the Guardian, Jonathan Wilson wrote,
“Winterbottom is an under-appreciated figure these days, derided as professorial and out of touch and the man who presided over England's decline. Yet the truth is he saw the future and was prevented from doing anything to avert it. Part of the problem was Matthews and the cult of dribbling he inspired.”
  • Matt Slater, writing on the BBC Sport web site,
"Graham Morse, author of Sir Walter Winterbottom: the Father of Modern English Football and asked what lessons Greg Dyke’s new commission could learn for this wake up call."

Cayman Islands Events - August 2013

  • Books and Books, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman - Interview with Graham Morse on 1 August at 7pm
Over sixty sports fans packed into Books and Books in Camana Bay on 1 August to hear Alastair Paterson discussing Graham’s new book with him. Among those asking Graham to sign a copy of the book was Sammy Smythe who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1949 Cup Final against Leicester City at Wembley and scored the winning goal.
  • Fidelity Bank, Grand Cayman host and sponsor an evening with Graham Morse on 13 August at 6pm
At 6pm on 13 August Fidelity bank are sponsoring an evening with Graham who will be discussing his book with Chris Johnson and Russell Holmes. For an invitation contact Jim McLean,
  • CONCACAF Coaches Conference - The Westin Casuarina Resort, Grand Cayman - Graham Morse speaks on 22 August
On 22 August Graham will be at the Westin Hotel speaking about his book to delegates at the CONCACAF Coaches Conference being held in Cayman.


Graham presents a copy of his book,
"Sir Walter Winterbottom
The Father of Modern English Football"
to England Manager Roy Hodgson
Bust of Sir Walter Winterbottom by artist Andrew Edwards
The unveiling of the bust of Sir Walter Winterbottom by England manager Roy Hodgson took place at St George’s Park on Tuesday 23 April. The event was attended by 50 invited guests including his widow, Lady Ann Winterbottom and ex England internationals such as Sir Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Armfield.
The bust will be placed in the education wing of the National Football Centre to mark Winterbottom’s pivotal role in revolutionising English football coaching.

All the guests received a copy of the biography, Sir Walter Winterbottom: the Father of Modern English Football at a book signing by the author, Graham Morse.

The event attracted widespread interest from National TV and press.


Cayman Islands
Graham Morse was invited to speak about his book at a CONCACAF coaches conference in the Cayman Islands today (22/8/13). Forty coaches attended from 14 different countries. Graham entertained the group with stories of how Walter Winterbottom pioneered coaching in England 70 years ago. ‘Walter was an iconic coach who inspired many great coaches on his courses,’ Graham said. ‘I hope that the book will inspire you in your own coaching education.’ In conclusion Graham presented a copy of his book to FIFA Vice President Jeff Webb.

Cayman 27

Interview on Cayman 27 with Graham Morse author of Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football on the eve of the Cayman book launch. Books and Books in Camana Bay on Thursday 1 August at 7pm.
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SAGA Magazine

Walter Winterbottom's skills as a pioneer of new coaching methods and sports administrator were crucial to modern English football.
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The Manager Magazine - League Managers Association

At the age of only 34, Walter Winterbottom was appointed as England’s first team manager, having never managed any football team before. It might have seemed an unlikely appointment by FA secretary Stanley Rous, but it turned out to be an inspired decision.
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Buzz in Football

Terry Lane
When it comes to football trivia I thought I knew my England onions, so to speak. So it was with great interest and very little prior knowledge that I read a new book about Sir Walter Winterbottom, especially as the title professed him to be “the father of modern English football”..
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When Saturday Comes... Out of Time

David Stubbs
Winterbottom himself was quite the modern man - an Oldham lad who made his way in the world on academic merit, who understood the value of tactics, technique and advanced coaching skills....
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The Daily Mail - Suarez beware! The next footballer who bites on the pitch could pay for Wembley statue of Winterbottom

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FA Boot Room

Walter Winterbottom was appointed England manager at the age of 34, fulfilling the position along with the role of FA Director of Coaching for 16 years. Considered a pioneer of coaching and outstanding teacher, Winterbottom is the subject of Graham Morse’s new book, a tribute to the man believed to be the father of modern English football.
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FIFA Classic Football

"Sir Walter Winterbottom is not only rightly regarded as one of the fathers of coach education in England, but also made an invaluable technical contribution to the game" FIFA President Joseph F Blatter
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Football Writer's Association - Players behaving badly could pay for statue of Sir Walter Winterbottom at Wembley

He was a hero and we need heroes to inspire the young.
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England Football Online

Review By Chris Goodwin
Whatever you think of Sir Walter Winterbottom, he defied the odds. Whatever you thought Winterbottom was, he wasn't. He was an enigma, and because he was a riddle, as is the norm, the media would fill in their own blanks.
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David Sheepshanks
The Footballer's Football Column - Every time I come to St George's Park the hairs on the back of my neck stand up...
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The London Football Coaches Association - Sir Walter Winterbottom England's Coaching Icon

Ken Goldman
The 31st March this year marked the centenary of the birth of a man who did more to promote the role of coaches and coaching in this country than anyone else can claim to have done.
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The Daily Mail - Roy Meets the Godfather of English Coaching

Matt Barlow
It was the perfect way to celebrate the first St George’s Day at St George’s Park as Roy Hodgson came face to face with Sir Walter Winterbottom, his predecessor by some 66 years.
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The Surrey Advertiser - Book Sheds Light on Soccer Legend

Alan Golden
His name may be largely forgotten today, but to the legions of football fans who grew up during the 1950s Sir Walter Winterbottom was known as the first England team manager and the man who shaped the modern game.
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Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, was amongst those paying his tribute to Sir Walter Winterbottom, at the bust unveiling at St George’s Park on 23 April. Although unable to attend personally he sent a letter congratulating Lady Ann Winterbottom.

Blatter, who knew Walter personally from the time they worked together at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina said, “ He made an invaluable contribution to the technical side of the game at international level as head of the FIFA technical study group over many years. “

He went on to say that although there have been many changes as football has evolved since Walter’s time, some principles remain timeless. “One of these is the importance of training and coaching, not only players, but coaches. This was something that Walter pioneered during his career. The bust will ensure that all the bright young coaches emerging from St Georges Park will not forget one of the English games first great technicians.”

Memories of my favourite school-teacher

My Primary education was at Alexandra Road School, Oldham from 1932 to 1937 and my secondary education at Oldham Municipal High School from 1937 to 1944. I must have had at least two dozen teachers during those years. One of them was outstanding as a mentor and role model.
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TalkSPORT Radio Interview 26 April

Graham Morse, author of Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern Football, visited with hosts Andy Gray and Richard Keys on their Talk Sport radio show on 26 April at 11:15am.

"talksport" broadcasts on 1053-1089 am as well as DAB, and reaches 3.25 million people a week.

FA TV - Statue of the First Ever England Manager


As part of their own 150th anniversary The Football Association are honouring Walter Winterbottom’s centenary by commissioning a bust of Winterbottom, the founder of the FA’s National Coaching Scheme. The figure, which will be sculpted in clay and cast in bronze, will be unveiled... at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park. The FA have now confirmed that the date of the unveiling of the Sir Walter Winterbottom bust will be 23 April - St George's Day. It will be unveiled by the England team manager, Roy Hodgson. More details to follow.

Watch the progress of the statue of Sir Walter Winterbottom

FA TV Sir Walter Winterbottom interview from the archives

FATV unearth an interview from the archives on the eve of the unveiling of a statue of Sir Walter Winterbottom at St George's Park. He talks the initial role, the development of the England team and the difficulties he faced.

The Daily Mail - Hodgson Hails Legend Winterbottom at Statue Unveiling

by Matt Barlow. It was the perfect way to celebrate the first St George’s Day at St George’s Park as Roy Hodgson came face to face with Sir Walter Winterbottom, his predecessor by some 66 years.
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ITV - Bust of Sir Walter Winterbottom Unveiled

Sir Trevor Brooking jokes with England Manager, Roy Hodgson over bust of Sir Walter Winterbottom..
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The FA - An Outstanding Coach - Bust Unveiled

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Sky Sports TV

The author, Graham Morse was interviewed on Sky Sports TV on 31st March 2013 the day that would have marked Sir Walter Winterbottom's 100th birthday, to talk about his biography.
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Mancunian Matters

by Matthew Lees. Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Oldham teacher and first England manager who pioneered modern football . . .
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The Independent

by Steve Tongue. Walter Winterbottom: The great guru born 100 years ago today. He shaped England's international game in ways that are still being felt today, as a new book reveals...
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The Oldham Evening Chronicle

by Lucy Kenderdine. The Oldham lad who became and England legend...
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The Manchester Evening News

by Mike Keegan. Bronze tribute to the father of modern football, Sir Walter Winterbottom....
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The Daily Mail

by Jeff Powell Hodgson's Impossible Job pales against Sir Walter's problems... he wasn't even allowed to pick the team!
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The FA

by David Barber Sir Walter Winterbottom’s story has always been one that needed to be told. Sir Walter, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 88, could never be prevailed upon to write his own biography.
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The Professional Footballers Assocation

Walter was of course England’s first, youngest and longest serving team manager. Writing in the Daily Mail Jeff Powell described him as “The father of modern English football.
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