The Life of Roy ‘Chopper’ Hartle


Legend: The Life of Roy Chopper Hartle by John Gradwell.

Read the store of one of the greatest stalwarts of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, and one of the toughest characters ever to play league football.

A man who played 499 times for his adopted home town team.

A man who was a vital part of the side which lifted Bolton’s last major trophy.

A man rated possibly the best right back never to play for England.

And a man who coached the manager who would go on to steer his team to World Cup Final victory.

Written by a lifelong Bolton fan, John Gradwell, the book is available on Amazon, and from bookshops, including Waterstones in Bolton and the BWFC club shop.

Legend is now available as a paperback at 10.66 or on Kindle at 7.19 from Amazon


 The memoir they've all been waiting for

Read my autobiography

Funnybone, by Frankie Funnybone – edited by John Gradwell.

Volume 1, 1915-39 and 1945-51

I never knew my father. You see, I was born in November 1915, nine months after Mum had tearfully waved her devoted husband Leslie off to the Western Front – and found immediate comfort in the arms of an illegal bookmaker called Pobjoy. She never saw him again … or her winnings for that matter.”

At the age of 96, former music hall great Frankie Funnybone has decided to write his memoirs. This first volume of four sees Frankie mistaking Wallis Simpson for Jimmy Jewell, saving Neville Chamberlain from murderous Nazis in Munich and ensuring his posh pals Burgess and Maclean get off safely on their foreign holiday. Oh, and getting married at Balmoral with the King as his best man.


Funnybone is available on Kindle at 1.98 from Amazon.
Funnybone is now available on KOBO for 1.99
Funnybone is now available as a paperback at 8.99 from Amazon
Funnybone is now available as a paperback at 7.99 + p&p from FeedARead

You can also order Funnybone from any bookshop

Cover design by Iva Polansky


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