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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843582899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843582892
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burridge is a former professional goalkeeper who played for an astonishing 29 clubs in a career spanning 30 years. Born in 1951, he played for 15 different Football League teams, a record that still stands today. He is now a goalkeeping coach in Oman, where he lives with his wife Janet, and had coached England goalkeepers Tim Flowers, Nigel Martyn and Paul Robinson.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephenrooney on 26 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant read, I bought it as a Hibs supporter, one of the (many!) teams Budgie played for. The man is one sandwich short of a picnic but the stories in it are great. He is one of the big characters of football, when I was growing up I remember him sitting on his crossbar during games at Palace and playing in goal wearing his superman outfit at Wolves. Eccentric doesn't come close, I have to say I suspect he wouldn't last 5 minutes in the modern game but its a shame, he understood that fans paid to be entertained. I like sports biographies but often you find they struggle for material, this one is overflowing with great stories. 5 star. Budgie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Clark on 22 Nov 2013
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Okay book, a little bit like Harry Rednapp, he never seems to let the facts get in the way of a good story. Dates and times seem to merge and as pointed out in earlier reviews, incidents could not have taken place as players were not at the clubs. He did some things in his career that I would consider disgusting and then expects sympathy from the reader when it comes back to haunt him later in his career. It seems to gloss over a lot of things and periods of time such as 5 years seem to go by in about 2 pages. The editing is average two as on the first pages it said he was born in 1961 and then the following one talking about ending his career in at 47, which would have been 2008. Overall, it was entertaining enough but because of the amount of mistakes it is almost a work of fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Nolan on 20 Oct 2012
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Enjoyed this book very much. Well written, informative and John Burridge's story was told very well. I would recommend this book to any football fan, particularly anyone who has seen him play.
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By Mr George Wilson on 27 Jun 2014
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excellent
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By Margaret Carballo on 26 Feb 2014
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my husband being a hibs fan for over 50 years found thi book by john burridge a great and excellent read
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I am a Newcastle fan and remember Budgie getting up to all sorts at the Toon. He was loved and obviously loved his time with us. Its clear he is obsessed with the game and in particular being a Goalie, plenty ups and downs in a long long career. A really good read and the Character comes off the page.
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Budgie has a unique way in life and this comes across in the book. Fans of clubs he played for will remember his antics fondly. The strength of the book is his candid views on the clubs he played for and to remember the players he played with and the managers of his clubs. A good read.
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By P. Hargreaves on 4 Feb 2014
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The bit where he describes pouring a bucket of water on a bride and groom was the point I stopped reading this book. He is a complete imbecile. Simple as that
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