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Idolised in south east London and popular wherever he played, Sam Bartram first came to notice as a wing-half in 1920s schools' football, before becoming a free scoring teenage centre-forward in north east non-league soccer. Charlton Athletic later discovered Bartram playing as stand-in goalkeeper for Boldon Villa in a Tyneside cup final and plucked him from the Durham coalfield and started him on an illustrious 800 match career with the London club.

His style was courageous, daring, flamboyant and skilful. His first three years at Charlton saw the `Addicks' rise from the Third Division to runners-up in the old Division One. He soon became one of the country's best-loved players and appeared in four successive Wembley finals in the 1940s. Bartram continues to be an inspiration and is remembered at The Valley, his home ground for 22 years, by a nine foot statue, and an entrance to the stadium, a supporters' bar/restaurant and local street, all bear his name.

`This is well-written and lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia. A must for the Addicks addict in your life`. Andrew Baker, Daily Telegraph.

`Packed with photos facts and figures about one of the all-time Charlton FC greats.' Richard Platt, The Times.

`The book is a pleasure for Charlton fans from start to finish.` Tom Green, When Saturday Comes.

`This is a smashing book and a grand tribute to a remarkable man.' Janis Blower, Shields Gazette.

`Captures the spirit of mid-20th century football when life was tough and the luxuries associated with today's game were makings of a madman's dreams.' Tim Ashton, News Shopper.

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