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How Football Saved My Life [Hardcover]

Alan Stubbs
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Book Description

29 Aug 2013
The day had gone badly: Celtic had just lost to their Old Firm rivals Rangers in the 1999 Scottish Cup final, and now Alan Stubbs had to provide a sample for a random drugs test. Little did he know, but it would help save his life...The results of the test showed he had testicular cancer, and suddenly, at the age of 27 and at the peak of fitness, he realised that he had the biggest battle of his life in front of him. In this compelling and moving memoir, Stubbs recalls his despair at the time and explains how, with the support of family, friends and fans as well as terrific doctors, he pulled through to resume his career at the top. And what a career it was. First he helped Bolton Wanderers climb up two divisions to reach the Premier League in 1995. The following season, he moved to Celtic for a record fee, helping them to break the stranglehold on the league title held by Rangers. After recovering from cancer, he moved to Everton, his hometown club, where he would spend most of the rest of his playing career, lining up alongside (among others) an ageing Paul Gascoigne and an emerging Wayne Rooney. A knee injury forced him to retire in 2008, but he is now on the coaching staff at Everton. A player who has seen the game at all levels, he has also had to contend with the most shocking challenges in life, which makes his story an unmissable read.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471128334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471128332
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A moving story of one of football s most inspiring characters' --Scotsman

About the Author

Alan Stubbs was born on Merseyside in 1971 and played the majority of his career for Bolton Wanderers, Celtic and Everton. In 1999, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer but fought back to resume his playing career, eventually retiring in 2008. He now works on the coaching staff at Everton.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How Football Saved My Life 15 Sep 2013
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A great read for Bolton, Celtic, Everton and all football fans everywhere and an inspirational book for anyone fighting cancer or with friends or family who are fighting cancer. Don't let Testicular Cancer win.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How football saved my life by alan stubbs 2 Mar 2014
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A great book could not put it down a great read. Would recommend it to anyone in to football great..
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5.0 out of 5 stars true proffessional 7 Feb 2014
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it shows you can beat the dreaded "big C" as i have twice. i am an Everton supporter too and love biographies
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 26 Nov 2013
By Paul
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This is an excellent read and brought back so many memories for me. A few tears from a 47 year old blue as Alan goes through his cancer battles but overall enjoyed every chapter. Thanks for writing it Alan. NSNO
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5.0 out of 5 stars macho or not 14 Nov 2013
By bert
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Excellent book very well written,here we have a male sports star who has a routine check up only to be told that he has Testicular cancer , and how he fought his battle against it with the help of his football club,family and friends.It should be an insight to all males macho or not just a simple rountine test can be a matter of life or death.Also Alan Stubbs mentions about other football clubs and player's who he has met and played football with during his career as a football player.Once you start to read the book you can't put it down .If you are a footie fan then when you read about the Manager's,Players and the football club's etc.,then you think back in time and how football has changed.Simple and easy too read with plenty of club's,player's and managers past and present mentioned.
In a way you can say a book of two stories i.e about Cancer and Football,and about life how you can either be a champion or a looser here we have a person who has beat Cancer and has really enjoyed his time as a football player and how he got his chance to play football. Excellent insight of a footballer player,husband and father,and about Testicular Cancer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stubbs 5 Nov 2013
By Jambro
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A heartwarming story of a decent bloke who happened to be a top footballer. Football stories of the top league. Will be enjoyed by all football fans
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