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His innovative notion — to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment” — meant that his thoughts could range freely.
Twain thought his autobiography would be most entertaining if he went off on whims and tangents in non-sequential order.
In spite of these previous efforts, around half of the Mark Twain Project text will be seeing publication for the first time.
Nevertheless, in freezing conditions he crawled to get help for his colleagues and was subsequently awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. His company made snow movers and machinery for the ready-mixed concrete industry but eventually he sold out and was left free to apply when the FA advertised for a successor to Denis Follows.
Throughout his time at Lancaster Gate, the FA's London headquarters, Croker was regularly criticised for failing to grasp footballing matters as well as he understood their commercial aspects, but it was partly for his background in industry and quiet manner that he was taken on as secretary after many years in which his predecessor but one, Sir Stanley Rous, had dominated the FA and football in England generally.
At the time of his appointment, the FA had an income from business enterprises of only pounds 24,000 a year and needed someone who had a football background but above all could realise the potential of a sport moving into the television and sponsorship age without any real idea how to sell its assets, especially the FA Cup and international matches, without losing credibility.
According to Croker, she seemed ready to have professional football banned altogether.
While others timidly kept their opinions to themselves, Croker remarked: 'We don't want this made public, but these people are society's problems and we don't want your hooligans in our sport, prime minister.' It was said that the reply could easily have been the last straw as far as the prime minister's patience in football was concerned and certainly it was not until the arrival of John Major, a football fan, that relationships with Downing Street recovered.