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Big Ron: A Different Ball Game Hardcover – 24 Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; FIRST EDITION edition (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233992170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233992174
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Atkinson lives up to his irreverent, opinionated and flash image in this hugely entertaining journey down memory lane. His career from thuggish central defender to 'the last fancy Dan' manager in town is a wonderfully picaresque tale full of evil club chairmen, dodgy footballers and, of course, Big Ron's very own philosophy on life, football, and everything. Most controversially he makes allegations - admittedly rather vague allegations - about drug use in professional football, but the real interest in this story is the behind the scenes shenanigans at football clubs; negotiating transfers with Brian Clough ("old barmpot himself"), his description of 'Deadly' Doug Ellis, the Aston Villa chairman who sacked him ("it doesn't take long and you need a knowledge of Anglo-Saxon") and the list of people from the game '"he wouldn't go on holiday with" (not many surprises here with Tommy Docherty and Malcolm Allison heading the list). Anyone who has heard Atkinson in his latest incarnation as a television summarizer will be aware of his imaginative use of the English language. It is to the huge credit of his ghost writer that these idiosyncrasies have survived to magnificently bounce off these pages. So is this Ron's last hurrah? Maybe. But as he would be quick to note, "it's still early doors yet". --Nick Wroe

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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Big Ron is an enjoyable read that can perhaps be likened to a history of football soap operas starring Ron Atkinson.The text is very much Ron-speak.His stall is set out early.Something of a who's who of colourful football characters from the (primarily) English football scene.Plenty of quotable one liners delivered true to the Atkinson legend.The controversial drugs chapter is not the highlight of the book as has been suggested in many a tabloid.There are many other more intersting and certainly funnier tales elsewhere to be enjoyed.Once the book has been finished the seasoned football fan will probably not have learnt a great deal however they will have had their opinions on the more extrovert characters within the game confirmed.An enjoyable effortless read.
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