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Magical: A Life in Football [Hardcover]

Paul Fletcher , Dave Thomas
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20 Oct 2012
A hero at Burnley FC, Paul Fletcher established himself as a potent striker amassing nearly 300 appearances for The Clarets in the 1970s after signing from local rivals, Bolton Wanderers. Following his football career, he went on to become one of the world's leading stadium experts having been involved in the construction of four UK stadiums and adviser to 30 others around the world. He was Commercial Director of the new Wembley Stadium until controversially walking away as costs escalated and has been Chief Executive at Huddersfield Town, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers and latterly again at Burnley FC. Aside from his professional football and stadium building career his CV includes playing football on Blackpool Beach, being a speaker at Cambridge University, meeting Kings and Queens, Bishops and Prime Ministers, sporting legends and heroes, comedians and football's top brass. And he has stories about most of them. He's also a much-in-demand after dinner speaker and can turn his hand to playing the ukulele - his rendition of 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' is said to be legendary! The title 'Magical' comes from his experiences in the game that have given him such a wonderful life and varied career - not bad for a lad from a council estate who left school at 16 and who eventually helped found a university and received an MBE for his services to football. But this is a far more than just a football book; it is packed with laughter and is filled with anecdotes of events and players and stadium building. Paul Fletcher's story comes not just from Burnley but from the wider football world and will appeal to all fans of the game.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical Editions (20 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904091709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904091707
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book focusses mainly on Fletcher’s time as chief executive at the club. It starts out by covering his football career and his move into the business aspect of the game. It is certainly very interesting to read and see a man who says he would not stand in front of a group of school children and speak, develop into a regular after dinner speaker. Before this he had a short stint in the kitchens business, a business whose failure he blames on Arthur Scargill and his miners strike!

There are some heartwarming stories in this book, particularly of Fred the elderly Huddersfield fan and Mr Arkwright the Burnley fan whose season ticket had gone “missing”.

Most Burnley fans will want to pick this book up for the accounts of Fletcher’s time as chief executive. While interesting, these accounts make more uncomfortable reading than the rest of the book. We all know that Burnley were in risk of financial ruin if it were not for promotion at Wembley and the tales in this book indicate just how close administration was. The “ambition” of some directors is talked about at length as some directors were just in it for their Saturday meal, as Fletcher puts it.

We also hear that some members of the board started to think that Owen Coyle was the wrong appointment towards the end of the season he took over at the club and that many did not like Brendan Flood’s approach to being a director at the club.

The well reported dressing room trouble before the start of the Premier League season is told in the book, with the dressing rooms being a totally different size to the rest of the Premier League. The story follows on from Fletcher’s description of getting the necessary changes for Premier League regulations approved by the board.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical read 17 Jan 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish once you start reading its hard to put down.
Highly recommended to all genuine football fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 2 Jan 2013
By Mr. E
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my step father for Christmas
He loved it and got straight in to reading it
The delivery was brill as i was ordered a little later than I would have liked but it arrived promptly so I was very happy
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