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Chelsea, Eric Clapton and the swinging 60s - Greg Tesser's new book
5:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
ERSTWHILE agent to rock stars and footballers, Greg Tesser has done the impossible.
They say if you remember the Swinging 60s, you weren’t there.
But, despite the sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll, Greg, of Taunton, still recalls much of what happened.
He helped launch the music careers of Eric Clapton and Georgie Fame, before promoting Chelsea and England footballer Peter Osgood.
He tells his captivating story in Chelsea FC In the Swinging ’60s – Football’s First Rock ’n’ Roll Club.
“It was exciting for someone of 18 to get involved in 1964 – I’m older and wiser now, but they were great times,” said Greg.
“The rock stuff was taking off and it was a good time for English football.”
There are tales of Chelsea players’ on-the-town antics, regrets that Osgood rarely played for England, chain-smoking Eddie McCreadie, and hard-drinking yet intellectual Charlie Cooke disappearing for days.
“The behaviour of players in those days couldn’t possibly happen today,” said Greg.
“There were so many flair players.
“But there was another side – the 1970 FA Cup Final replay between Leeds and Chelsea, which attracted the second highest television audience ever in Britain, was brutal - 20 players would have been yellow carded and eight sent off today.”
Former Chelsea and England star Alan Hudson wrote the foreword to the book.
“He had a terrible accident in 1997,” said Greg. “He’s disabled, but very positive. I’m hoping to get him to Taunton to speak at a dinner.
“I’ve got great memories, but some of the players, like Osgood, Ian Hutchinson (who once ran The Cross Keys, in Norton Fitzwarren), Keith Weller and Peter Houseman are no longer here.”
*Chelsea FC In the Swinging ’60s – Football’s First Rock ’n’ Roll Club, published by The History Press, price £8.99, is available online from Amazon and in good bookshops.
It was Number Two in the Amazon Chart on Books on Chelsea FC and has been entered for the William Hill Sports' Book of The Year Awards.
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