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Psycho: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Stuart Pearce
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2 Aug 2001
In an era of superstar prima donnas, Stuart Pearce's total commitment on the pitch earned him the affection of football fans everywhere, who nicknamed him Psycho. He will forever be remembered for two penalties - one missed and scored - for England, but there is so much more to him than that. This book reveals the fascinating story of one of football's greatest personalities. PSYCHO is as honest and straightforward as the man himself.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747264821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747264828
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The BBC's Barry Davies said on the commentary, "What a penalty! What a great penalty!" It was not a great penalty; it was a shite penalty but the goalkeeper had gone the wrong way.

The penalty in question was against Germany in the 1996 European Championship, and the blunt assessor of its merit was the penalty-taker--international stalwart and sometime England captain Stuart Pearce. Since 1990, when he missed a penalty that ushered in England's exit from the World Cup, Pearce and spot-kick calamity had been inextricably linked in the public's mind. England's battling left-back had buried that hoodoo in spectacularly emotional fashion against Spain in the previous round, and it's typical of this diffident, self-possessed player that one match later he was dismissing the plaudits.

Backbone of the defence and a regular in the line for the treatment table--from his days as a part-time electrician playing for non-league Wealdstone to his Indian summer in the Premiership with current club West Ham--Pearce's career has been a sustained battle to overcome the limitations of his body and blunt the more extravagant abilities of the flair players who lay siege to his goal week in, week out.

In a story of extraordinary achievement--and equally conspicuous misfortune and failure--as both player and manager, Pearce recalls the legends and also-rans he has met along the way, offering no-nonsense portraits of the likes of Brian Clough, Glenn Hoddle and Rudd Gullit, and an insider's take on the realities of the professional game. The fans who have cherished his do-or-die on pitch heroics may find Pearce's real-world motivations surprising.

Psycho is an entertaining, revealing portrait of an English sporting icon--with Pearce on his love of punk music, his short-lived career as a juvenile delinquent and tales of a hen called Chicken Kiev, as an added bonus.--Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Psycho was no.6 in the Observer and no.7 in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph bestseller lists

Rightly a big seller because the former England captain has had a long and varied career and has always displayed a nice line in dry humour (David Lacey, Guardian)

Unputdownable ... Pearce's honesty shines through (Sarah Edworthy, Daily Telegraph)

Typically honest (Stephen Moss, Guardian)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book to be an easy yet compelling read, which I found very hard to put down. Although Pearces personal experiences have been fairly ordinary - apart from the famous penalties - his insight on his colleagues is vey interesting. I found his view that he was the 'nearly man' of football dominated the book and surprised me. He is not the 100% hard man I had anticipated - far from it. Overall a great yet light read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A footballer's dream read 14 Feb 2003
This is certainly not just another football autobiography. The reason that this one in particular is so interesting is that the best bits (most of the book) are about when Pearce played for Wealdstone, meaning every amateur footballer can easily relate to it. Pearce must be one of the most charismatic players to have played for England and he writes with humour, wit and lucidity, making it un-put-downable. Long but well worth sticking to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho - Legend 8 May 2003
An absolutly fantastic book giving you a view of Psycho's entire career. He really gets you emotionally involved. You will barely be able to put it down. Not only does it teach you all about Stuart Pearce himself but also thousands of other things about the sport in general.
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Everything about Stuart Pearce's rise and continual prescence in football somehow harks back to the old days before Sky, Premiership 250,000 per week wages,attached to a club at 10,and BRITISH.
Stuart tells a good story about the inside of English footbal both as a club player, and international.He gives some good insights especially about Brian Clough, and his views on English managers-I did not know we had had so many-
One always expects views and opinions about the game and personalities that the author has come across, and P[sycho is no exception.The book rattles along at a good pace, and my perception of Stuart Pearce has changed from reading the book.It is up to people to decide in which direction!!
For an honest and personal insight into football,some clubs and personalities then it is well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 24 Dec 2006
Psycho the book is very much like psycho the player,pulls no punches and tells it like it is.

Some classic tales are told from his time playing under Cloughie,like when in his office about to sign for Forest and Clough asking him if he was going on holiday this summer,Pearce informed him he was going to Disneyland,

"with your'e girlfriend?"

"no,a mate"

"what's the matter son,are you a queer or something?"

Tends to lose its way a little towards the end but a great read non the less.
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As one of his biggest fans, I eagerly anticapated the launch of 'Psycho'. I was not disappointed. Recounting his days of non league football, through the desperation of 'that penalty' in Italia 90 to the redemption of Euro 96 and up to the present day, 'Psycho' makes for a gripping read - a book that you'll be reluctant to put down. His spirit and determination should serve as inspiration to all youngsters who would like to make a mark in the game.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great in places but not consistent 25 Sep 2000
the book starts off brilliantly with a dramatic and amusing look at the various penalty competitions you might just remember Stuart particpating in. The book does not keep up to this standard the whole way through however. It is prone to repition and by the end of the book many of the chapters feel as though they are there just to make up the number of pages. In particular the chapter on his love of punk music. The football chapters are, however, mostly comprised of wonderful, amusing recollections of one of Englands most favourite footballers.
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This autobiography gives a good and quite often humourous insight into probably England's most passionate and dedicated footballers. It tells of his life from a council electrician and part time footballer to England's famous left back. In it he looks back on his famous penalties for England and also recounts many of his encounters with Brian Clough. He maintains a humourous outlook and gives the impression that even now he really can't believe his luck in a game that even now at the age of 38, he still has a passion for playing. If you want to discover the truth behind many of the infamous England parties he also gives his own viewss on these. All in all a fascinating read
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