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Peter Shilton's Nearly Men: A Plymouth Argyle Story [Paperback]

Paul Roberts
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21 Sep 2009
In-depth narrative of the most exciting period in Plymouth Argyle's recent history

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (21 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752448781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752448787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A real page-turner. --The Football Trader, October 09

A fine section of photographs. --Winger, Feb 2010

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Chopper
Just finished reading this really enjoyable book that brought back a lot of happy memories (and Peter Swan). The book is really well written and details the assembling of the great squad before exposing the behind the scenes shenanigans that helped drive the fall from near perfection to disaster.

The sensitively written chapter on Alan Nicholls is really moving and a reminder of one of the great unfulfilled talents. RIP Nico

I really enjoyed the section at the end which detailed where the squad are now - always good to find out what ex players are up to these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This account of the England legend's time in charge at Home Park is a fascinating read for any football fan, let alone Argyle supporter. No stone is left unturned, with interviews with all the key figures from the time, including Dan McCauley, Steve Castle, Dwight Marshall and Peter Swan. Plymouth Argyle played some of the best football ever seen at Home Park under Shilton, and his fanfare arrival gave the city of Plymouth a massive boost, yet ultimately, the former England star's reign ended in heartache and controversy. A must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Peter Shilton's Nearly Men: A Plymouth Argyle Story

A must read for the Argyle fan.

Could hardly put it down and finished it in just two days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at Home Park 29 Dec 2009
By M. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Fifteen years later, we get the full record of what happened during the brief, yet calamitous reign of England legend Peter Shilton, at the helm of Plymouth Argyle.

Roberts does an excellent job of gathering all the different points of view and presenting them in this book, as a testament and a warning to managers, chairmen, players and supporters of any professional team.

Ultimately a tragedy, the book pulls no punches and even devotes an entire chapter to the precocious talent that was goalkeeper Alan Nichols. The poisonous atmosphere surrounding record signing Peter Swan, with his incendiary comments at the time and since, are also detailed in full.

The author has carried out a lot of research and includes interviews and quotes with the former players, board members and all but Shilton himself (who politely declined as he has his own version of events in his autobiography.)

Paul Roberts should be proud of this book - I recommend it not just for die-hard Argyle fans but also to anyone interested in football politics.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of Shilton's turbulent reign at Home Park 4 Sep 2009
By Mr. Andrew Rolle - Published on Amazon.com
I managed to read a proof of this book before its release and I was very impressed. This account of Shilton's time in charge at Home Park is a fascinating read for any football fan, let alone Argyle supporter. No stone is left unturned, with interviews with all the key figures from the time, including Dan McCauley, Steve Castle, Dwight Marshall and Peter Swan. Plymouth Argyle played some of the best football ever seen at Home Park under Shilton, yet ultimately the former England star's reign ended in heartache and controversy. A must read.
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