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Kickups, Hiccups, Lockups: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Ryan Giggs , Mickey Thomas
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4 Sep 2008
Maverick is one of the kinder words uttered about Mickey Thomas, the 'Welsh George Best', during a remarkable football career spanning spells at Wrexham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton - and Kirkham Open Prison FC. Mickey's world didn't just revolve around pulling on boots on a Saturday afternoon for club and country. His life was dedicated to pulling birds, pranks and generally getting into scrapes which would make Paul Gascoigne look like a choirboy. But no-one knows about the heart-breaking events in his private life which Mickey has kept secret for twenty years.How he hit rock bottom, and below, and survived as one of the greatest characters the game has ever known. From his early days growing up on a rough council estate, leaving school at 14 without the ability to read and write, through to his spells at the bright lights of Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, where he became a cult hero for fans who recognised his rogue and unique genius, this is football's ultimate rollercoaster ride story. There are extraordinary highs, and heart-rending lows - none more so than the episode in 1993 when he was jailed for passing counterfeit money to apprentices. Through it all, Mickey has endeared a generation of football fans with his good humour and boundless energy and enthusiasm for the game and life. Mickey's story is the most exciting, enthralling and touching football autobiography of 2008.

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Century (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846055237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846055232
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maverick is one of the kinder words uttered about Mickey Thomas, the ‘Welsh George Best’, during a remarkable football career spanning spells at Wrexham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton – and Kirkham Open Prison FC.

Mickey’s world didn’t just revolve around pulling on boots on a Saturday afternoon for club and country. His life was dedicated to pulling birds, pranks and generally getting into scrapes which would make Paul Gascoigne look like a choirboy. But no-one knows about the heart-breaking events in his private life which Mickey has kept secret for twenty years. How he hit rock bottom, and below, and survived as one of the greatest characters the game has ever known.

From his early days growing up on a rough council estate, leaving school at 14 without the ability to read and write, through to his spells at the bright lights of Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, where he became a cult hero for fans who recognised his rogue and unique genius, this is football’s ultimate rollercoaster ride story. There are extraordinary highs, and heart-rending lows – none more so than the episode in 1993 when he was jailed for passing counterfeit money to apprentices.

Through it all, Mickey has endeared a generation of football fans with his good humour and boundless energy and enthusiasm for the game and life. Mickey’s story is the most exciting, enthralling and touching football autobiography of 2008.

About the Author

Mickey Thomas was born on 7 July, 1954 in Mochdre, Wales. He joined boyhood club Wrexham as a trainee in 1972 and was transferred to Manchester United in 1978. He later played for a host of clubs, including Everton, Chelsea and Leeds United, and made 51 appearances for Wales.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can forget 4/1/1992? 22 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end, detailing Noddy's exploits - so far!

From his humble beginnings in Mochdre to the breakthrough at Wrexham in January 1972 and the first of his 51 international caps for Wales against West Germany in October 1976, through his spells at Old Trafford, Goodison Park, the Goldstone Ground, the Victoria Ground, Stamford Bridge, The Hawthorns, the Baseball Ground, the Kansas Coliseum, Gay Meadow, Elland Road, the Victoria Ground (again) and back full circle to the Racecourse.

He achieved the height of his fame after his wonder goal for Wrexham against Arsenal on the 4th of January 1992 and then, a mere seven days later, he was arrested at his mum's house in Colwyn Bay and faced incarceration at Her Majesty's Pleasure for distributing forged tenners to trainees at Wrexham football club.

And as if that wasn't enough, there's also the tale of a secluded country lane, his sister-in-law, her husband, some screwdrivers and some hammers. Oh, and there are a few chefs dotted around as well.

Also comes with forewords by Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs.

With a paperback version due out in May 2009, I can only hope that the obvious mistakes - Amlwch not Amlych, Clwyd not Clywd, Brian Flynn not Brian Fian, and Ian Rush was brought up in Flint not Ruabon - are corrected.

Nice one Mickey, and good luck for the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kickups,hickups ,lockups, mickey Thomas 11 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
What a fantastic book to read, once you start you will not put it down,this guy is the most lucky & unluckiest bloke you could ever meet, who has & never will forget his roots, played for most of all football teams, will share or ever give his last penny, wears his heart on his sleeve at all times, read this book & you will agree with me,,,,,,, best of luck for the future mickey, love yer,,,,x

s walsh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Thomas 26 Jan 2014
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I've just started to read this book and upto now it's good. The book arrived on time and in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 26 Jan 2013
By jess
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I bought this for my father and he seemed to get through it very fast, so he must a enjoyed what he was reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Thomas Superb read..... 4 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic read couldnt put it down, being a local north walian this was superb! See mickey in tesco in llandudno junction n wales sometimes always says hello.....great guy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Legend Story 9 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have got to say that i found this book very hard to put down as the stories and tales evolved.

This book tells you all about the pressure's players go through playing at the top level and coping with what life throw's at you off the pitch. I enjoyed reading about a true legend of the game who came from a tough backround and went on to great success.

Great book Mickey T
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