Everton Extra Time: My Autobiography David Weir Book
David Weir's career is a tale of triumph on the pitch but also of victory over the
assumption that all top-level footballers are finished in their mid-30s. Weir, who turned
41 in May 2011, is the oldest outfield player to represent Rangers since 1945, passing
the mark set by their famous full-back, Jock 'Tiger' Shaw.
In this revealing autobiography, Weir gives an insight into the high of playing in the
1998 World Cup finals for his country to the low of the chaotic 2-2 draw in the Faroes
four years later, which lead to his decision to stop playing for Scotland. For the first
time, he gives his side of the story. How he felt Berti Vogts, Scotland's boss, used him
as a scapegoat.
Many felt Weir's international career would end on that sour note and that his club
career was approaching its conclusion, too. He was 32 and David Moyes, his manager at
Everton, made no secret he was on the lookout for new, younger defenders. Like
thousands of footballers before him, Weir could have just accepted his time was up. He
had a young family and a father who was suffering from Alzheimer's to help care for and
self-doubt gnawed at him. Could he cut it anymore?
Instead, he moved to Rangers in January 2007, making his debut for his childhood
favourites at a mere 36 years and 236 days and has helped them to eight trophies since
and a European final in 2008. Weir's is a story of battling against the odds to keep