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Blackie: The Steve Black Story (Mainstream Sport) [Paperback]

Steve Black
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6 Oct 2005 Mainstream Sport

This engaging autobiography documents Steve Black's journey from life as a bouncer in Newcastle to the global sporting achievements that followed.

Black is commonly regarded as one of the most inspirational fitness gurus in the world. He has worked with the finest sportsmen in both rugby and football, while his advice and motivational skills have been sought by many, including Kevin Keegan, Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell.

It is in rugby, however, that he has really made his mark. His involvement in the game began when he took up his current post with Newcastle Falcons at the inception of the 'rugby revolution', which catapulted him into a different sphere. He was then signed up by manager Graham Henry as the conditioning coach for the Welsh national side. Following this came his selection for the British Lions tour of Australia in 2001. In 2003, he was named as one of the key factors behind Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson's success.

However, Black's story could have been very different. At 16, he worked as a bouncer for a variety of rough pubs in Newcastle upon Tyne but differed from the herd in that he followed a strict religious and moral code. When the pub scene becameincreasingly violent, Black bowed out and went to college, where he attained an honours degree in sports science before embarking upon a career in sport.

Blackie is an inspirational read for anyone who seeks success, be it in sport or life in general.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845960238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845960230
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Black is commonly regarded as one of the most inspirational fitness gurus in the world. He has worked with the finest sportsmen in both rugby and football, while his advice and motivational skills have been sought by many, including Kevin Keegan, Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell.

About the Author

Steve Black is a well-known conditioning coach throughout the world of professional sport, having had notable successes with Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Fulham, the Welsh national rugby team and the British Lions. He lives in Newcastle. Arthur McKenzie is a former policeman and international athlete. Over the last 23 years, he has firmly established a wide and varied writing career for stage, radio and television.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 7 Feb 2009
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The reason I was so interested in Blackies book is that he is now at Huddersfield town as part Of Lee Clarks team. I Found the book very honest and full of his Geordie humour. From his upbringing and working as a Bouncer in a very hard intimidating environment to how he worked for Keegan at Newcastle and with Wilkinson at the Newcastle Falcons.
The book is a great insight into Blackies life and what his job actually entails. I would recommend his book to any sports fan or anyone just interested in sports psychology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 7 Jan 2013
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I loved this book from cover to cover (even though the dog chewed it).
I got it for Xmas and finished it the other night.
I don't normally read and from that point of view found it great as it was very easy to digest.

I was previously aware of Steve Black through his associations with WRU, the Lions and more recently Huddersfield Town.

I believe HTAFC suffered when Steve Black left, his personality is infectious and it's as much this that drives results than innovative fitness training drills.

I'd welcome Steve Black back to either of my sides (WRU or HTAFC) any day of the week and hope he is healthy and well. He has inspired me to be as positive as I want to be, not giving way to cynics, to follow more of my ambitions and dreams and to read more. Thank you Blackie.
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