Latchford is best remembered by Evertonians as scoring 30 league goals in the 1977-78 season, and spawned a number of terrace chants including “Bobby Latchford Walks on Water” but in his book he reveals how his reputation often confused him.
In his book, A Different Road, published by Evertonian James Corbett and his deCoubertin Books imprint, Latch reveals his shyness and a feeling that he was never in complete control over his own destiny.
A heartfelt autobiography which details his journey from an ordinary working class background to being the most famous of a footballing trilogy which included two of his brothers – who both played as goalkeepers.
There are moments, such as his feelings when he lost his wife of three decades, that will make your eyes well up, coupled with those such as the time Dixie Dean “had him off” that will bring a wide smile to your face, and maybe make your heart swell with a little bit of pride too.
An entertaining read, Latch covers his time at all the clubs he played for; from his boyhood club Birmingham City, through seven and a half prolific years at Everton, to ill-fated spells at Coventry City and Lincoln, to his cup-winning exploits at Merthyr and their European journey.
Now living in Germany with his partner and two young children, Latch is enjoying a quiet life and indulging his natural shyness, which makes this book a valuable insight into the life of a man who filled the Everton number 9 shirt with pride.
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