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Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League [Kindle Edition]

Mark Halsey , Ian Ridley , José Mourinho
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"Mark Halsey has been one of our finest referees and has an inspirational story that goes beyond football." DAVID MOYES, Manchester United manager. "A top referee and a top man. Mark always brought a smile to a game and remembered that crowds had come to see the players." STEVEN GERRARD, Liverpool and England captain. "I admired Mark's courage and conviction that he would beat his cancer. He came back to give high-quality performances that won regular praise from managers and players. He did it his way and demonstrated great communication skills that were appreciated by many involved in our great game." KEITH HACKETT, former head of Premier League referees. RUNNER-UP BEST BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS

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Television has taken us inside the Premier League, into the lives of its players and managers, as never before but what is it really like to be a referee in modern English football, trying to control a bunch of millionaires and their stressed-out leaders?

Then getting home to find out you have made a mistake and been identified in millions of households as public enemy number one?

To be issued with death threats on social media by football 'fans' who say they hope your cancer returns?

ADDED TIME takes you where no other book has gone - inside the dressing rooms on match days, into the intense tunnel and on-field conversations and confrontations between officials and the game's participants.

It chronicles the highs and lows, joy and pain, and reveals the human face of that man in the middle. Mark Halsey also lifts the lid on surviving the internal politics, personalities and intrigue of top-flight refereeing, on altercations with Sir Alex Ferguson and earfuls from Wayne Rooney.

Running through Halsey's powerful and poignant story is his brave battle with throat cancer, through surgery and gruelling treatment, after which the popular Halsey returned to the top. It granted him no immunity from the dangerous stresses that can beset the modern referee, however - stresses that included those death threats.

What kept him going for 17 years at the top? Strength of character, a loving family - and the unlikely friendship of a man supposedly the enemy of referees: one Jose Mourinho.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Magoo
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I have,read Graham, 'I love myself 'poll, also Jeff winters book but this is my favourite. Mark worked his balls off but got stopped from doing the big games because of politics and 'the red wine club which Mr poll, durkin the diver and Mike Dean were members. Loved his style of reffing like Phil dowd and being a level 4 ref myself I appreciate the the laws of the game and stories etc. Great read and fully recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Read 27 Dec. 2013
Being a football fan it is hard to understand the mind of a referee, Mark Halsey opens up the world of refereeing perfectly, a 20 veteran of the profession, he gives the fans a insight into the politics and back-biting of the profession and details his relationships with fellow referees and his relationships with top managers abd footballers...More importantly is the story of his survival from Cancer, a truly inspirational account of one mans fight for survival and his battle to get back to the very too of his profession, through adversity and sheer will, with the support of most of his peers, he did it...A brilliant read for any football fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 1 Dec. 2013
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I am a referee, albeit at a very different level from Mr. Halsey. This book is a must-read for any men in black out there, but more than that, for any football fan. Mark Halsey was a great referee. This book tells you what he had to go through to achieve the success he did, and how a variety of things, chiefly the people who were supposed to have a duty of care to him, prevented him from achieving further honours. In life, cancer has been his biggest battle, but in refereeing, his biggest battles were with the powers that be. In most industries, they wouldn't get away with it, and thanks to Mr. Halsey's bravery in writing this book, they haven't, not completely.

Mr. Halsey retains his dignity while naming and shaming, and tells many a tale, the majority of which are happy stories, stories of friendships made and people showing the positive side of humanity. It has challenged many of my pre-conceived ideas about people - Ferguson, Rooney, Mourinho to name but three. I have also read Ferguson's book recently, and enjoyed it... but this was better. Heartily recommended.
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i am a football fan and go to games/watch them on TV, but has not previously considered to role of the referee - except in a youve git to be joking ref context.

This book changed that. It is very well written, with funny anecdotes. You genuinely get a sense of his love of football.

Added Time offers more than the footballing insights though. Chronicling one mans battle with a disease which according to stats will effect many of us. In reading it you really get the sense the challenge Mark faced and the bravery in wanting to come back from the brink to do the job he was so eminently qualified to do.

Mark shares strong views on his former bosses particularity in their attempts prevent his return. All I can say is thank goodness Mark fought on - not only for football but also for others facing the road back from cancer.

I have bought this book for footballing friends and would recommend it to anyone who has a love of the beautiful game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and straight from the heart 2 Jan. 2014
By Nick
An excellent read for all followers of 'the beautiful game'. What he writes about rings true and doesn't surprise me in the least - the cliques, the FA hierarchy, the run ins with players and managers, but also the humour, warmth and camaraderie Halsey enjoyed with a great many.
He wanted to referee using his common sense, yet the regulations forced him to issue cards like confetti.
Absorbing chapter about his illness and the fears and worries that accompanied those traumatic weeks. But he came out the other side with someone up there looking favourably on him and his wife and children and it was heart-warming to read.
What a courageous man - in all respects.
Thanks for writing this book and thanks for the memories you gave us football supporters.
Good luck and best wishes for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Added Time Mark Halsey 22 Nov. 2013
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Co writer Ian Ridley went to a great amount of trouble in order to get the book published, his efforts were completely worthwhile. This excellent piece of work allows you into an area of football where little is generally known. Mark Halsey has had an incredible life, to have responded to his severely threatening illness and to have officiated again has shown incredible human quality. His story is inspiring to all, and an inspiration to cancer sufferers. His honestly with his own refereeing errors is something to be admired. There are to many same old, same old, football books on the market currently, with tired repetition.
This offers a refreshing alternative, the subject opened up fully, and the co writer captured it perfectly. Quite simply a must read.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book they tried to stop 22 Sept. 2013
A searing account of life as a Premier League referee and his comeback to the top-flight after being diagnosed with cancer.
Previous books by referees have been pretty anodyne, this one certainly isn't, which is probably why it incurred the wrath of football chiefs.
There are gripping accounts of some of the most controversial moments from recent seasons and it lifts the lid on officials relationships with managers and players. There is also a powerful section, recounting how a cancer consultant told him he might never referee again, certainly not anything above games in his local park.
The prologue also explains how the book came to be published in the first place - a story in itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest
Honest truth from an honest man. Maybe too honest for his own good but a good read none the less
Published 2 months ago by Leif
3.0 out of 5 stars Got bored before the end!!
It's an interesting book but is probably about three chapters too long.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ... to have upset the high command but who was good at his job and...
An enjoyable read about a referee who seems to have upset the high command but who was good at his job and highly repsected by the players.
Published 3 months ago by Leslie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Insightful
Gives great insight into the life of a high profile referee and the many difficulties faced doing such a high pressure job. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, all referees and players and managers should read!
Published 5 months ago by Nick Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
According to my Mrs this is a fantastic book and not only depicts the career of one of the greatest referees, but the internal struggle against the politics and hierarchy of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Blademan
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read my partner knows Mark very well having officiated ...
Really good read my partner knows Mark very well having officiated with him many times over the years and tells me that all the things Mark writes about are true and the people... Read more
Published 6 months ago by collette dignam
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enjoyed it
Published 6 months ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read, good to hear what is really going on, on the inside.
Published 6 months ago by Dave
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I have always enjoyed watching Mark Halsey refereeing matches on television, the enjoyment and the comardery he had with the players and so I decided to read his autobiography and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Dodd
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