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Alan Mullery Autobiography [Paperback]

Alan Mullery
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9 Aug 2007

Fearless. Competitive. Controversial. Three words that sum up the football career of Alan Mullery. His passion for football is matched by a stream of anecdotes about the players that have filled his professional life, including Bobby Moore, Pele, Johnny Haynes, Jimmy Greaves and George Best. Here, for the first time, Mullery lets the reader into the secrets he has previously kept hidden: the shame of being sent off for England; the true story behind England's 1970 World Cup quarter-final defeat; how he sold one thousand Cup final tickets on the black market; the bitterness behind the cheers of Spurs' 1972 UEFA Cup victory and the naked blonde in the hotel.


In addition, he relates from the heart his darkest moments, brought on by stiffling financial pressure, and how he had to look deep within himself to come through the other end.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (9 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314829
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lively, pacy read, it's a shame that more ex-player's memoirs aren't like this' (FourFourTwo)

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The controversial and entertaining autobiography of one of the great characters of English football

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read. 25 Sep 2006
I bought this book for my husband for his birthday, but ended up reading it too. A indepth and honest look into Alan Mullery's life. He is very graphic about the ups and downs of his life in and out of football. I would highly recommend this book, an ideal Christmas pressie for that football mad person in your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FROM THE HEART 25 Jan 2011
An excellent read covering all of Alan's career warts an all !!. Very graphic when his life hits an all time low. Comes across as a very sincere down to earth family man who could also play bit !! I didn't realise he had played as many internationals. Certainly recommended to all avid Football Autobiography addicts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good shot! 2 Sep 2010
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One of the better autobiographies.
Too many soccer autobiographies, tell you very little about the real person,. It's all too 'look at me' nonsense.
Alan Mullery tells you like it is - grit and all, back in the days when football was football, and they didn't slide on their knees six times a match.
Good shot Mullers.
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I don't remember Alan Mullery as a player, but I remember listening to him as a pundit on Capital Gold Sport back in the nineties. I admired Mullery's honesty as a pundit and always enjoy listening to him on Sky Sports. With all that in mind, I thought I'd read Alan's autobiography. What a treat it was. Mullery writes from the heart, and his love of football shines through in every page. Whilst giving the inside info on his career, he picks out the three matches he played in that he remembers above all others ~ Spurs' UEFA Cup win against Wolves, England's defeat to West Germany in the Mexico World Cup of 1970 and Fulham's only FA Cup Final in 1975. He also speaks honestly about his run ins with two of his managers, Bill Nicholson and Alec Stock, the latter when he reneged on a promise to "move upstairs" and let Mullery become the Fulham manager. Mullery goes on to chart his manegerial career, his early success at Brighton, followed by disasters at QPR, Charlton and Crystal Palace which left him and his wife contemplating suicide. It was only the thought of how their children would feel that stopped them. The dark days and depression he writes about are very moving, and Mullery charts his ups and downs in a way that really connects with the reader and makes them have a real sympathy towards him and his predicament. Thankfully Alan came out the other side of his dark spell and is now back enjoying working in football as a pundit. This book is a really refreshing change to the bland "I played in this game, I scored this goal", etc autobiographies of the modern player. A highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read. 17 April 2014
I don’t follow football in any way and only know of Alan Mullery because of a family connection to Notting Hill, the area of London where Alan Mullery spent his childhood. I’ve also never read an autobiography, they don’t interest me. However, having said all that I was given this book as a Christmas present and thought I might as well read it, so glad I did. I found the book enthralling, I could not put it down. Alan Mullery takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, excitement, sadness, joy and depression, the book keeps the reader engaged right to the end. Well done Mr Mullery, a great read and thank you for sharing your life’s story.
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