The Boy Wonders – Changin face of football
Duncan Edwards and Wayne Rooney are two of the greatest players to have graced English football in the post-war era. Professional football now is a very different business from the one Duncan Edwards knew. In “The Boy Wonders”, Colin Malam not only examines the glittering careers of the two players, but charts some of the massive changes in English football that have accompanied them along the way. Thanks to the abolition of the maximum wage, the Bosman ruling and an avalanche of television money, Rooney earns more in a week than Edwards could in 100 years. At the same time, he is beset by problems beyond Edwards’ ken. Duncan could go to work on the bus, but Wayne cannot step outside his door without being monitored by an intrusive media.