They Also Served
…”God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.
–John Milton, ‘On His Blindness’
Thousands of footballers pass through our lives without us even noticing. Perhaps they manage to achieve a season or two in the limelight before departing and leaving us with the merest charicature of who they really were. They Also Served is an attempt to reconstruct the biographies of some of recent English football’s half-remembered names.