For sports fans who like old time heroes and missed the original
sell-out version of SAM BARTRAM THE STORY OF A GOALKEEPING LEGEND there’s good news. A revised updated and enlarged edition is now in bookstores telling the story of Charlton Athletic’s remarkable goalkeeper of 22 years from 1934 to 1956.
Idolised in South East London and popular wherever he played Bartram was one of the country’s best-loved players making 800 appearances for his only club either side of World War II and appearing against the likes of Real Madrid and Benfica long before European competitions were part of the football scene.
In his first three years at The Valley he helped Charlton rise from the Third Division to runners-up in the top flight – a unique footballing feat.
Still an inspiration to followers of all ages, he is remembered by a nine foot statue at Charlton, where there is also an entrance to the stadium, a street and restaurant in his name.
The book price £16.99 is a large format, coffee table style production, with over 300 illustrations.