Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club takes a close look at his battles against the forces of inertia in the harsh
and fast-changing world of 1960s lower division soccer. Pop music and youth culture hammered on the doors of tradition whilst tactical innovation,
foul play and poor refereeing often left fans bemused and angry. This is the anatomy of an ordinary club reacting ‐ or not ‐ to enormous changes in the English game.
Roger Titford witnessed this stasis as a boy and now goes back to the era through club accounts, programmes,
press reports and fan memories to understand finally why his was, far from uniquely in those days, just a stationary club.
Most football books are about glory; a few are about failure. This is a true rarity, where nothing quite happens but in a fascinating
way it picks apart just why that was and gives a real insight into the underbelly of 1960s soccer.