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Life at the Far Post

29 August 2017

Record goalscorer Les Bradd is to mark half a century of involvement with Notts County by publishing his autobiography in October.

Far Post: A Striker's Tale of Scoring Goals and Breaking Records, edited by Terry Bowles, will be launched on 4 October, 50 years to the day since Billy Gray signed a rough and ready teenage centre-forward from Rotherham United for £1,000.

What a bargain buy that proved to be as he went on to score 136 league and cup goals for County - a record that will surely never be beaten - and boosted his tally to exactly 200 during spells with Stockport County, Wigan Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Rotherham.

Bradd said: "Far Post is an appropriate title because that's where I spent more than half my working life and over the years it was linked to lots of stories and goals - not to mention a few glaring misses!"

The autobiography will tell the story of the boy from Buxton who defied the cynics to build a career in professional football that lasted 17 years and more than 600 games.

A huge and tasty helping of nostalgia, it's about life in a different era of the game - a fascinating insight into the people, styles, conditions and priorities that made up football in the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Since retiring as a player, Les has filled many roles at Meadow Lane and remains actively involved as an ambassador and through his work with Football in the Community.

He said: "I mentioned in passing on a golf course to Terry Bowles that it would be 50 years in October since I signed and he convinced me that we should mark the milestone by producing a book.

"Terry covered much of my career at Meadow Lane when he was the County correspondent for the Nottingham Evening Post and, although I've turned down more than a dozen approaches over the years to do a book, I knew we could do a good job by putting together our shared memories.

"I am delighted that David Needham has agreed to write the Foreword. He was a fans' favourite at County for even longer than me and then proved his undoubted quality as part of Brian Clough's all-conquering Nottingham Forest team."

To order a signed limited-edition pre-order copy of Far Post costs £20 (plus P&P, where required). All fans who do so will have their name recorded in the Valued Supporters roll at the back of the book. They will also receive a free invite to the book launch on Saturday 7 October, where they will have the chance to meet Les and many of his former colleagues, and free entry into a draw for two people to be a guest of Les at Meadow Lane for a pre-match meal.

Pre-orders are available from the club shop from Tuesday 1 August. Visit the shop, call 0115 955 7200 or click here.

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