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How NOT to be a Football Millionaire - Keith Gillespie My Autobiography
 
 

How NOT to be a Football Millionaire - Keith Gillespie My Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Keith Gillespie
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KEITH GILLESPIE is renowned as a footballer who liked a bet. And lost a lot.

One afternoon he added up how much he had squandered during the course of his professional career. It made for uncomfortable reading...

Manchester United £60,000
Newcastle United £1,102,000
Blackburn Rovers £3,510,000
Leicester City £1,050,000
Sheffield United £670,000
Bradford City £15,000
Glentoran £43,875
Total (plus extras) £7,215,875

That day seemed a world away from 1993 when he burst on to the scene as a fresh-faced young star with Manchester United. A dark-haired lad from the streets of Northern Ireland with a God-given talent, he was dubbed the new George Best.
One of the famous Fergie fledglings, he made his debut aged just 17 before moving on to Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle where he came so close to landing a Premiership title winner’s medal. International caps piled up too.
It was a thrilling adventure. Flying down the wing and sharing pitches and dressing rooms with legends, but behind the success and glamour, it was a different story.
Like Best, Gillespie had a talent for self-destruction. He liked a drink and there were women but they weren’t causing a big problem – it was keeping hold of the millions he had earned from the game that ultimately proved his downfall.
It wasn’t just about gambling. A nightmare ordeal during a training break in La Manga landed him in jail for a crime he did not commit. Then, in 2010, Gillespie became headline news again when a series of flawed business deals saw him declared bankrupt.

How Not To Be A Football Millionaire is one of the most honest autobiographies you will read, about a player who lived the football life to the full.
It tells a fascinating and moving human story of the darker side of the glory game.
About winning and losing, fortune and fate, hope and heartache...

About having the world at your feet and being left to ask yourself: ‘Where did it all go wrong?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3976 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport Media; 1 edition (6 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOS3FAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truest biography 14 Oct 2013
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Keith was my hero as an 8 year old boy after watching him train at Durham, and here 20 years later I'm reading about his "fall from grace" as they call it. But I think it's and excellent book and so refreshing to hear a story that isn't all self promotion and "oh look at me, look how well I did"

All you get here is the truth and despite all his faults and mistakes he's still my hero, for being himself and telling it how it is, when he could have hid like most people would.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale 23 Oct 2013
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This book comes as a welcome antidote to the recent splurge of "celebrity" managers' accounts. It's not a hagiography, equally it's not one of those books that describes the roister doistering high jinks of a third division hard man. It is a tale of a young man who had it all, lost it, regrets it and is trying to get his life back on track. He's actually one of us, and perhaps the problems he faced at the height of his fame was this very fact. How many of us could cope with the riches and adulation that are thrust upon a young man away from home? This book goes some way to showing how it might go as Gillespie comes across as a very decent, if some times misled, young man. I'd happily buy him a pint becuase as he says himself early on, he can't afford a round himself.
One last point, whilst this is a 5 star story I'm afraid for me the "voice" of the ghost writer is all too apparent and some passages just don't flow as I'd like. Phrases such as "...raiding the left flank" reek too much of a Red Top's back pages but I appreciate this is a matter of personal taste so don't let this foible of mine put you off buying and enjoying this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars honest 19 Feb 2014
By Nicky b
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Very honest and sometimes very serious while amusing too,would recommend this book.
Hope everything works out for Keith. Good luck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warts and all 8 Dec 2013
By Colin s
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Excellent read. Very open and honest insight into the highs and lows of a pro footballer. Some great stories and his love of playing for N.Ireland is obvious. Hope it works out well for Keith in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gambling is for mugs.... 6 Nov 2013
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A well written book. A fair amount is given to football, a balanced account of his family and of the women in his life and his children.He has no self pity but realises that a god given gift and the financial rewards it brings can be negated by an addictive personality. A sad,but certainly not maudlin, book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, funny and shocking. 22 Nov 2013
By MrMatt
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I loved this book, you get a real feel of what Keith is all about and has been during his footballing career and beyond. It covers the early years right through to the troubled relationships, Newcastle, Blackburn and the latter years in NI. It has laugh out loud moments, ridiculous stories and crazy bookie anecdotes. It reads like a thriller, novel and autobiography all rolled up in one. Having read both this and Alex Ferguson's recent biography, whilst it's unfair to compare both books, Keith seems to have bared all in a cathartic manner, and Alex just gives shallow glimpses into his psyche and life story.

There's something heartwarming about this book, and sometimes you can almost compare some of his 'faults' with our own or people we know. A must read, for and about a seemingly top bloke.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brutally honest account 21 Nov 2013
By Bill
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This is a real football book not the ghost written sugar coated nonsense most of them churn out.

I saw many of Keith's games as a Sheffield United player and have great respect for him as a wonderful player who never hit the heights he should have. This book goes a long way to explaining why...the drinking culture is a real eye opener. Of course Keith's biggest problem was the gambling and the vast amounts of money he squandered is truly shocking. Hard for an ordinary working bloke to feel sorry for someone who could throw away 60000 on a single days gambling but hopefully he will get his life back on track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough times 4 Nov 2013
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I been lucky to see the man play but to read how he wasted money and good advice seems tragic but at least he seems on the right track now without the trappings of a top footballer. Good luck Keith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If I was he I would be ashamed to let ...
If I was he I would be ashamed to let people know what a self centred overpaid idiot I am. Thank goodness Fergie got rid.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars gilly
Good insight into a very complexed man gambler drinker womaniser fighter depressed impulsive yet most of all a very honest man
Published 9 days ago by carl whiting
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very good read about the roller coaster life of a quite likeable fella who made a lot of bad decisions
Published 15 days ago by Daniel Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read !
Cracking read , read it in a week , very honest .Amazing how someone can blow so much money before thinking i.m not very good at betting and i.m down to my last million .
Published 1 month ago by STEPHEN KAY LTD
5.0 out of 5 stars Apt title.
An exellent, honest book. For someone who made so many bad decisions, you find yourself warming to him and hoping something good is around the corner...
A great holiday read.
Published 1 month ago by Tony2569
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest
Excellent read....Honest account of how it can all go wrong. Keith opens up to a side of football we would normally never hear about.
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant honest read
Great book showing how a professional football player doesn't have it all his own way
Compelling read from start to finish
Published 1 month ago by Martin McLaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Good content, but very disjointed, jumped forward and back and at times I had to revisit a previous chapter to try to maintain a logical sequence.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Cochrane
3.0 out of 5 stars Warts and warts autobiography
This autobiography is searingly honest about his life as a footballer the temptations, follies, and mistakes he has made. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Alastair Gooderham
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Fascinating story, honestly told.
The highs and lows of football, gambling and drinking.
Well worth a read for any fan, but Gillespie's story will interest anyone: much... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Davies
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