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Life is a Game of Inches [Hardcover]

Christian Roberts , James Leighton
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9 Oct 2010
Life is a Game of Inches is the rollercoaster account of Cardiff City, Exeter City, Bristol City and Swindon Town footballer Christian Roberts. Amongst the glory of getting called up for Wales and delighting fans with his skills came the misery of alcohol addiction, gambling, losing a daughter and falling out with a succession of managers and players. Christian blows the lid off the sanctuary of the dressing room with tales of fighting, debauchery and drinking competitions. He also recalls the times he played whilst drunk and how on international duty Welsh manager, Mark Hughes, caught him legless behind a bar. Christian's alcoholism also ripped apart his family. He speaks frankly of leaving his 7-year old son sobbing on the sofa, with a broken leg, so that he could go to the pub and of throwing a pint glass at his wife when she desperately tried to stop him drinking. Ultimately Christian's alcoholism left him on the brink of losing his career, money, family and even his life. But after checking into the Sporting Chance clinic he seemed to turn his life around and was back playing the best football of his career under manager, Dennis Wise, at Swindon Town. Unfortunately, just as his life was back on track; a knee injury forced Christian to retire at the age of 28 and then tragically his Dad died of cancer. These events conspired to lead Christian on a gambling spree that would see him lose every penny he had earned and would also lead to his marriage falling apart. Having lost everything Christian moved back to the council estate where he grew up to face his new life single, jobless and broke. However, Christian did not lose heart and he threw himself into helping his community and working on the anti-racism campaign and is now happier than ever having left the bubble of living as a professional footballer.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical Editions (9 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190409144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904091448
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Honest 21 Jan 2012
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This is an honest account of the difficult journey out of alcoholism Christian travelled, an inspiration to anyone else having such problems. Very much enjoyed by the football fans in our family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read! 1 Jan 2012
I remember watching Christian Roberts when he scored the two wonder goals he writes about in his book against Scunthorpe United. He was always a great player to watch play and I was unaware of how his career had come to an end. So when I saw this book it was a must buy. Unlike a lot of football autobiographies this one actually has a story to tell, one that is honest and told in an interesting way. It is inspirational to see how Christian has overcome his problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of lower league footballer 19 Feb 2014
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Great read and straight talking. Roberts is honest about his career and his drinking problems and what it caused him to do
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Worth a read if you are a lower league follower...

Being a Swindon fan it was going to be entertaining!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Inspirational Story 11 Oct 2010
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Having been a big fan of Christian during his time at Swindon I was really looking forward to his autobiography, I was not disapointed. I doubt whether there has been a more truthful and honest look at life as a professional footballer and whilst some of the stories are funny others are downright tragic! Some parts of the book made me wince and you do question how on earth he managed to keep playing whilst all this madness was going on in his life. I got the book on Friday and had finished it by Saturday afternoon, its literally a rollercoaster of huge highs and massive lows. If youre looking for a good read then give this a go, even if you dont know who he is you will still enjoy this warts and all account!
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