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Longy: Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal - The Autobiography of the Wild Man of Rugby League [Hardcover]

Sean Long
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5 Oct 2009
Sean Long is Super League's No 1 bad boy and when it comes to off-the-pitch madness, no-one comes close. Here, the flamboyant St Helens superstar tells his hilarious, shocking and explosive life story - packed with amazing tales of booze, brawls, sex and scandal. Longy - the only player to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times - tells the inside story of THAT bet against his own team and exposes secrets that will shock the rugby league establishment to its core. In his own words, he describes with startling honesty the hell-raising experiences of his rag-to-riches journey. But it isn't all about his wild reputation - Long has also had an incredible rugby league career, winning every major honour in the game at club level as well as notching up 15 caps for Great Britain and another five for the England side. He has twice set the Super League record for the most points scored in a season, with 284 in 1999 and a staggering 352 in 2000. Not just for rugby league fans, this book is a must-read for anyone with a taste for life on the wild side.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844548562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548569
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Long is one of the finest rugby league half-backs to ever pick up the oval ball. Long started his pro career at his hometown club Wigan Warriors and, after a short stop-over at Widnes, he was signed by St Helens in 1997 to fill the boots of another Saints legend, Bobby Goulding. It wasn't long before the Knowsley Road faithful took Longy to their hearts. Long has won every major honour in the game at club level and is the only player in Challenge Cup history to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times as man of the match in the 2001, 2004 and 2006 finals. He also won 15 caps for Great Britain and five for England before retiring from international rugby on 16 April 2007. Still one of the most colourful characters ever to play the game, he continues to wear the No 7 shirt at St Helens.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short on boredom, Longy on entertainment 7 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Excellent read that will make all sports fans laugh - the rugby in almost incidental as Longy takes us through a life that most blokes could only dream of living. Hugely entertaining, you will not be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Funny, Emotional 24 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
This has to be one of the best biographies I have read in years.

As a LRLFC (Rhinos) Fan I have enjoyed booing Sean Long whilst hes either tore us apart or we have managed to control him. I have enjoyed my Friday nights watching him do the magic on the pitch, its a love hate relationship that most rival fans have with him.

The book is funny,gripping and quite shocking, I would love to read the bits the lawers took out! Overall and most important, the book is very very honest, even if it does make the lad embarrassed.

The story does jump around a little, however its very well written and you can follow it with ease. He tells us about his difficult childhood, his time at school, discovering RL and then his career especially as with most RL players, his drinking career.

I would recommend this to any Rugby fan, League or Union. It was a great laugh and had me hooked, I read it in 1 day, it was such a good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 15 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Certainly worth reading especially for Sean Long fans. Don't think you're getting vivid lusty stories 'cos they're not.Gives a good insight to behind the scenes of Rugby life and not any really derogatory remarks. Guess Sean's quite a nice kind of chap on and off the field.He's certainly settled down to married life. Yes glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny 22 Nov 2010
By alzy
Format:Hardcover
the life n times of longy...funny stories and an insight to how the players are.Couldn,t put the book down, fab reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Long Autobiography 8 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this as a Christmas present for my Husband & he absolutley loves it, I keep hearing him laughing to himself. Super quick delivery too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily offended 4 Dec 2009
By Annen
Format:Hardcover
A very entertaining book, you don't have to be a Saints, Wigan or Hull fan to enjoy it. Couldn't put it down. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars longy wildman of rugby league. 16 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
great book some really funny stories it was that good I had read it in a day.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOT A FACE LIKED A DROPPED PIE !!! 7 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
BOOZE,BRAWLS,SEX AND SCANDAL- THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL !!!

THIS IS A NO HOLDS BARRED AUTOBIOGRAPHY. SOME OF THE REVELATIONS ARE SHOCKING AND WILL NO DOUBT CAUSE A STIR AT RED HALL, WIGAN AND ST HELENS. I FOUND THE BOOK TO BE AT TIMES LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY. AT OTHER TIMES IT HAD ME SQUIRMING IN MY SEAT EMBARRASSED FOR ALL AND SUNDRY WHO HE HAS WRITTEN ABOUT. I CAN JUST IMAGINE LONGY RECALLING HIS WILD DAYS.I HOPE HIS FAMILY AND MATES ARE STILL TALKING TO HIM! I AM NOT A FAN OF ST HELENS OR INDEED SEAN LONG BUT I AM A RUGBY LEAGUE FAN AND FEEL THAT THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR NOT ONLY THE OVAL BALL FOLLOWERS BUT SPORT FANS IN GENERAL. IT IS WRITTEN WITH HONESTY AND HUMOUR, HE DOES NOT BORE THE READER WITH LOADS OF STATS, FACTS AND FIGURES BUT AS THEY SAY IT DOES EXACTLY AS IT SAYS ON THE TIN !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class
What a Legend! Brilliant read and a real insight into the struggles and highs of a professional Rugby League Player.
Published 2 months ago by G-Babs
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to take on Holiday
I am a big fan of Sean Long he was a fantastic player. I bought this book and took it on holiday, it is his biography starting off at childhood, his teenage years and then through... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike1865
4.0 out of 5 stars One of rugby leagues greatest players
Not a literary masterpiece by any means but if you are a rugby league fan this is a very good read and gives some 'interesting' insights into one of the sports greatest players.
Published 5 months ago by David Leivesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Our mercurial 7. I should have read this when it was published. An explicit story of a gifted madman or an idiot savant? Only Longy knows why he isn't dead or incarcerated. Read more
Published 6 months ago by saintpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend!
The James Hunt of Rugby League. Great character and a cracking read. But it does highlight the gulf in professionalism between Super League UK and Australia. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr Matthew Gaskell
3.0 out of 5 stars As expected...
Some entertaining stories and anecdotes from one of the rugby leagues controversial characters. Plenty of laugh out loud moments and Sean's perspective on the very public... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Top funny book
This is a funny book that has you laughing all the way through, a must be for rugby league fans
Published 10 months ago by K. Mousdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Deffo worth the read!
The books great, as is longy!

Great for all rugby league fans, not just those who supports Saints!

Real inside story of his life! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Rugby league autobiography
An interesting insight into the world of rugby league. Also interesting to see what makes a rugby league legend tick.
Published 12 months ago by Jango
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Fantastic read no holds barred from a fantastic player who has achieved almost everything in the game well deserved just a superb read
Published 12 months ago by Paul rawson
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