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I'm Rivelino - A life of two halves. (Working Class Sport) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Rivers
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Book Description

Andy Rivers discovered Newcastle United as a young boy in the early seventies, mainly thanks to a family member taking him to his first match. Given the stress and despair this has caused him over the last thirty years it’s fair to assume that this action would be considered child abuse today. Through a series of anecdotes about matches he attended, and some he didn’t, we learn about the events that shaped Andy’s character. His internal struggles with a working class inferiority complex and how he moved South in an attempt to do something with his life. All of this influenced his evolution from old school, lager swilling, foul mouthed teenager to old school, wine sipping, foul mouthed grown up.

The book examines his relationship with his football team, comparing it to a lifelong love affair that will always end in disappointment, well for one party at least, and will be identified with by supporters everywhere.

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From the Publisher

Byker Books exists to promote the fictive talents of the `unknowns' around Great Britain but we also feel there a numerous real life stories worth telling as well. With this in mind we are proud to debut our first full length tome, the enigmatically named `I'm Rivelino - A life of Two Halves' by Andy Rivers. Keep an eye on our website for more titles - they'll all be worth reading.

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`When you consider them in a football sense you think of 'little Rotherham playing Newcastle? Oh the romance of the cup.' Well all I could see was fifteen stone, pie eating nutters covered in tattoos and no matter how much aftershave they'd slapped on there'd be no f**king romance going on there I can tell you...!'

Thanks to a family member taking him to his first match in the early seventies whilst he was at a young and impressionable age Andy Rivers discovered Newcastle United. Given the stress and despair this has caused him over the last thirty years it's fair to assume that this action would be considered child abuse today. His story, peppered with terrace wit and rough charm, will be identified with by supporters everywhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 282 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Byker Books (7 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andy Rivers has been a Butlins Barman, pretend chippie on a Spanish construction site, coach holiday rep, mobile sandwich salesman and outdoor traffic cone washer to name but a few of his eclectic 'career' choices. He decided to pursue his long held dream of being a writer after reading 'Trainspotting' and realising that they were now allowing council estate lads to have pens as well!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Read 11 Sept. 2009
By eltel72
A thouroughly engrossing read that will strike a cord with "proper" football fans everywhere. I'm Rivelino is a well told story of what its like to follow your team through thick and thin over 3 decades. Full of funny and interesting tales of away match trips, trying to find a pub that will show the game when your away on holiday, blagging your way into corporate hospitality and boring nil nil draws all over the country. Some of Rivers' story's can seem a bit soul destroying but you can totally understand why he does it and that ultimately he wouldn't have it any other way. He also seems to really dislike Graham Souness for some reason.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Authentic VoIce 7 Dec. 2011
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There were times during my reading of Andy Rivers' book when I felt I was reading my own diary from years gone by. We're the same age, attended a lot of the same matches, share similar views on the club and even our first Newcastle match appears to have been the very same game.

As the author gave a description of many of the places he saw growing up, I realised that I'd trodden the very same fields, been served by the same shop owner and been in and around the same pubs - slightly spooky at times. I half expected to see some names of people I knew cropping up before long.

I did enjoy reading this book as it indulged my passion for Newcastle United and gave plenty of coverage to the pre-Sky TV days of football (yes it did exist before Sky, they didn't actually invent the game!). Almost every chapter was devoted to selected games throughout the author's supporting history and he chose a nice cross-section and not just the glorious victories by any means.

The book's strength lies not in its description of the actual games themselves but in his experiences as a fan. I preferred his descriptions of his adventures before and after than his descriptions of during the game. I'd like to have seen him expand on these and somehow link the chapters, but perhaps that's asking too much. Indeed one of the most interesting parts of the book details his life working as a coach holiday rep - he certainly expresses himself very crisply and clearly and whilst you could not really say that the book is a literary marvel, it is fairly well written and his conversational style suits it very well.

His perfect articulation of the utter apathy that followed the initial dejection of Souness' tenure is there or thereabouts the most concise verdict on those dark, dark days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real 'Fever Pitch' 23 July 2009
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What Andy Rivers give us in his superb debut,'I'm Rivelino', is a book for the true football supporter; the old school. Those of us that have spent most of their Saturdays standing on the terraces in the rain rather than squeezed into a plastic seat. Those of us that still refer to the four divisions in numbers and who still remember the days when managers wore tracksuits and every team had a fat midfielder.

Laced with ascerbic Geordie wit, Andy Rivers takes the reader through his life following his beloved Newcastle, from the tight-shorted days of the early eighties to the Sky dominated, money-laden spectacle we have today.

Matches are replayed - or to be more accurate - match days are relived. For it is in his descriptions of the banter, the lager, and the scams that Rivers truly excels. He takes us there, rooting for The Toon, staggering out of the ground to the nearest boozer, escaping from the opposition big lads. We're not only drawn into rooting for Newcastle, but for Rivers himself - one away day to Leeds is a particularly hilarious example.

But this is more than a book about football. It is a book about relationships. The relationship between the hierarchy of a club and the average supporter, the relationship between the supporter and the team, and most of all, the relationship between friends.

If Nick Hornby had been working class, perhaps he might have written this book. Thing is, Nick Hornby was never working class. He was a University bod from Surrey. His 'Fever Pitch', about his life as an Arsenal supporter, therefore, couldn't help harbouring . . . pretensions. I mean, Colin Firth played him in the film. Says it all, really.

'I'm Rivelino' has no such pretensions. It just tells it how it is.

A must read for every football supporter that's experienced the hope and the heartache of following their team for thirty years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Working class Fever Pitch 20 Dec. 2013
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You don't have to be a Toon fan to enjoy this - I'm a Norwich fan, but the sentiments will chime with anyone who started going to footy in the eighties and saw it transformed through the '90s into to overblown and over hyped Premier League of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He shoots he scores! 2 Dec. 2013
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I absolutely loved this book, read it in next to no time. It helps that i support NUFC, but i believe any football supporter will recognise (the english english spelling...) a heartfelt story of following the team that you love. I loved the way that there was clearly no bull or hyperbole in the events the author describes. I dont long for shocking conditions on the terrace, or police who thought supporters were scum, but i do long for the days where you could stand with your pals, all over the land (and at home), and it not costing you the earth. Bring in safe standing at affordable prices i say, & Howay The Lads!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read. 19 Nov. 2013
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As a die hard and lifelong disappointed Newcastle United fan in his early (cough cough) forties I can identify with the subject matter in this book down to a 't'.
Rivs had me captivated with this witty, factual, and sometimes sad dialogue, (RIP Col).
The book hails the fans, slams the board, rightly criticises the plethora of inept managers we seem to attract. The book truly brings home what its like to be a true 'elite' Newcastle United fan.
Throughout the past 30 odd years, we have seen some doom and gloom, some dark times and really die footie, Rivs also points out the glory and the pride felt on Tyneside as he reminisces about the true hero's, Sir Bobby, Wor Kev, Peter Beardsley, Gazza and of course Alan Shearer.

I loved the book and can share the experience of being a Newcastle fan.

One day, and i hope its in my lifetime, some billionaire will buy this 'small club in the North East', realise what potential it has, what a bunch of fanatical fans it has and turn us around into a decent outfit and a self sustainable money making machine... One day.......just one day.......

'Brilliant' Thanks Andy.
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