Sir Alex Ferguson was once asked what it was like to lead a team out at Wembley. ‘Don’t ask me, ask Geoff Chapple’, came the reply, the Manchester United icon handing out the ultimate accolade to one of non-League football’s most revered figures.
Voted non-League manager of the era in the late 1990s, Chapple achieved an incredible five Wembley triumphs in seven years, having already risen to national prominence thanks to some marvelous FA Cup exploits with Woking Football Club. To win the FA Trophy three times in four seasons with the cards was some achievement. To then go and do it twice more with another club, Kingstonian, was an incredible feat and one which will surely never be repeated. Included here are recollections of his journey from childhood to non-League footballing legend, where his triumphs have come against a backdrop of personal sadness – often witty, sometimes touching, always honest.
Written by sports journalist Clive Youlton, this is the authorized biography of Geoff Chapple. It is a fascinating account of a career that, by his own admission, brought him very few friends but any number of acquaintances. It is the story behind the legend.