Boots and Bombs: How New Zealand football grew up in the 1960s and 70s

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Before Spain 1982 came a series of (mis)adventures that helped shape the national team. Incredibly, a squad was sent to Vietnam in 1967 as the war raged and this ludicrous foray forms the centrepiece of Boots and Bombs.

This extensively researched work includes tales from a disastrous world tour, the riotous visit of George Best and his feted Manchester United team, a ground-breaking tour of China, and the time Alex Ferguson came with a Scottish national team.

With photographs and exclusive interviews, this is the story about an extraordinary period in New Zealand football history.

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