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Laws of the Jungle: Football's Monkey Business

Laws of the Jungle: Football's Monkey Business [Kindle Edition]

Brian Laws , Alan Biggs
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Brian Laws has played in all four professional divisions of English football. He has also managed at every level. And he spent six years playing under the most charismatic manager the English game has ever seen, the legendary Brian Clough. Yet even Cloughie was never at the centre of a bigger sensation than the day Laws, as a young manager in his first job, was embroiled in a dressing room bust-up that left his star striker with a broken cheekbone.

Here, for the first time, Brian lifts the lid on his six years with Cloughie – and reveals what really happened on the night a certain Italian striker called Ivano Bonetti ended up in hospital, leaving his boss ambushed at home under siege from the media.

It has never emerged, either – until now – that Laws also engaged in a bout of fisticuffs with one of Nottingham Forest’s top stars of the Clough era. And got thanked by his boss for hitting the player concerned! Life in a football dressing room is never dull; they were fun times for Laws at the City Ground.

However, there are also chilling reflections on being a Nottingham Forest player on the day of the Hillsborough Disaster. And of the replay anguish that left him the victim of a cruel put-down by John Aldridge, a star on whom Laws was later to exact revenge – using Bonetti as bait!

In between times, Laws has been a Wembley winner, fulfilling all the boyhood dreams he nurtured at the famous Wallsend Boys Club. But above all, this is the story of a life in football and how to survive in it. His journey takes us through Burnley, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Burnley again.

Along the way, Brian has endured career-threatening injuries, managerial bust-ups and, inevitably, being sacked. But there have been plenty of laughs and, besides, he has repeatedly bounced back into the fray. Why? Because, having grown up in the soccer hotbed of the North East, he loves a game that has always been at the centre of his soul.

Brian is not, and would never claim to be, one of the biggest names. But this is one big read for anyone who shares his passion for football.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical Editions; 1 edition (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking, Particularly for one player. 9 Oct 2012
By Perkins
Now, being a supporter of the Club of which Brian Laws started his managerial career, i have to say that along with many other fans of that Club, i don't suppose that Laws will go down in history as their greatest or most popular manager, but, putting that fact aside, this is a great read. Most so called "footballers autobiographies" to me can be boring in the extreme, relying mainly on facts and figures, mainly because although they have had successful careers and played at the highest level, they have little to say about the game itself. This is not the case with Laws. From his early days growing up in the North East , to the present time, the book is packed with anecdotes from his career, and the chapters regarding playing under the great "Cloughie" at Nottingham Forest are a joy to read. His first sortee' as a manager with Grimsby Town provides a great insight of his time at the club, and if he didn't leave a lasting mark on the club, he certainly did with one of it's players!. A great section about his more succesful bout as manager of Scunthorpe Utd, until his departure for Sheffield Wednesday, which gives a great insight into the way Chairmen think they know more about football than the manager. (But we all know that don't we?). His arrival and departure from the gaffers' job at Burnley brings the book up to present day and to what he is doing now.
Unusually for an autobiography, self depreciating at times, but honest. From a man that has played at the highest level, and managed at the lowest.
Credit has to be given to co-writer sportswriter Alan Biggs for his assistance with the "telling of the tale"
Highly recommended reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turf war 26 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good effort by one of footballs lesser known, with insight into the lower leagues.
Good man managers handle resistance, should have learnt that from Cloughie surely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and honest 12 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Exactly as the title says, a great read with some real honest reviews of past successes and mistakes.

Well worth a read - I did so in a day!!
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