I mentioned in a recent post that I had spent a night with Billy Wright at St George’s Park.
Billy has a link with Charles Reep through Stan Cullis, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This was the first whisper of notation for me at St George’s this week.
A second came on the way to my workshop room yesterday. I was in the Walter Winterbottom part of the building.
My recollection is that Walter conducted one of the first real-time, time and motion notations in football. He wrote about his record of a Bobby Robson performance for England. (I do need go back to a primary source for the details of this analysis but I think it is reported in Allen Wade’s FA Guide to Training and Coaching.)
This is why it is a whisper … I need to follow this up but did not want to miss an opportunity to acknowledge his innovative thinking. Hopefully, a contribution to a ‘Who do you think you are?’ record of notation in sport.
Walter Winterbottom (FA)