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Blackie: The Steve Black Story Hardcover – 28 Oct 2004


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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (28 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840188286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840188288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,705 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Steve Black is a well-known conditioning coach in football and rugby, having worked with Newcastle United, the Welsh national rugby team, the British Lions and, most recently, Jonny Wilkinson. He lives in Newcastle. Arthur McKenzie is a former policeman and athlete. Over the last 23 years he has firmly established a wide and varied writing career for stage, radio, television and books. He lives in Gosforth.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. C. Jenkinson on 7 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
Steve Black has clearly been very successful at what he does, and approaches his task in a very different way to the norm, instigating new and often unconventional procedures.

I found it such a shame that this ghost-written book is a bit of a dreary plod through his career, following a very predictable and repetitive path...

What I did, what I did next, who I met (XYZ who I'm proud to call my friend') and a quoted testimonial from said friend (I've know Blackie for X year and I'm proud to call him my friend'). Repeat formula for 240+ pages... a bit too much cloying mutual admiration going on for my taste.

Have to say it was a big disappointment to me that such an inspirational character produced such an uninspiring read.
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By D.R.Price on 7 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
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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