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Red Card Roy

Red Card Roy [Kindle Edition]

Roy McDonough
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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"Roy McDonough would eat Vinnie Jones for breakfast." --The Daily Telegraph

''A lower-league football legend, who was Premier League with a drink in his hand.'' --Paul Merson

''An eye-opening journey deep into the dark reaches of football's lower levels. This book is as far removed from all-seater stadiums, perfect pitches and the pasta-and-hydration culture of modern football as you could possibly get. You can feel every crunching challenge and almost taste the beer... it's not for the faint hearted!'' -- FourFourTwo

''The story of much-travelled and thoroughly incendiary former lower league player and manager Roy McDonough, Red Card Roy is a superb portrait of a fascinating character.'' -- Oliver Holt, chief sports writer Daily Mirror

''Roy McDonough didn't pull any punches when he played - and certainly doesn't now in this roller coaster of an autobiography. He tells it how it was - one great adventure, in which Roy was the Ringmaster, Comedian and Grandmaster Barman. Fantastic memories - drunken or otherwise - in which there was a very good football player having the time of his life.'' --Terry Butcher

''Roy was the George Best of the lower leagues.'' --Mick Rathbone, author of The Smell of Football

''The perfect antidote to anyone who believes football begins and ends with the Premier League. Red Card Roy is football in the raw and a brilliant read.'' --Dave Kidd, chief sports writer, The People

''A very readable book written by a player who plied his trade out of the limelight... Roy writes with brutal honesty, pulls no punches and doesn't hide away from anything that went on.'' -- John Motson

''Down where the wild things are, McDonough's reputation as football's Vlad the Impaler preceeded him.'' ----- Tony Parsons, best-selling author.

''Roy gave me my big break in football - coaching me both on the pitch and down the pub - propelling me to a Premier League career and the 2002 World Cup. He was a loveable rogue who worked hard and played hard. The type of genuine character sadly missing from the modern-day game.'' --Former Ireland captain, Mark Kinsella

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Red Card Roy is the jaw-dropping story of terrace cult hero Roy McDonough - Britain's wildest ever footballer who was sent off a record 22 times in a career spanning seven clubs, more than 650 games, 100 goals, thousands of beers and 400 women.

From one of his first sendings off, aged 16, when he tried to strangle the referee in a school's cup final, 'Red Card Roy' is a rollercoaster ride of football, violence, sex and booze. Featuring a who's who cast from football in the 70s, 80s and 90s from his unlikely friendship with the late, great Bobby Moore to his run-ins with current Premier League managers David Moyes, Martin O'Neill and Tony Pulis (who he kung-fu kicked to the floor after five minutes of an FA Cup tie).

But beyond the elbows and the early baths, the booze, the birds and the brawls, there is a poignant human story, the ultra-competitive dad, the uncontrollable temper and the uncanny ability to make the wrong decision at the wrong time, all of which cost him the chance to play football at the highest level and sent Roy down a path of self-destruction... albeit one along which he had the time of his life!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing (17 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YST17I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy tells you how it was. 2 Aug 2012
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I remember Roy joining Southend United in the early 80's and he quickly became one of those players who the North Bank either loved or hated.I loved him for his sheer will to win and get stuck in and not be afraid to get hurt and of course dish it out too! This book is an honest account of his career of the up's and the down's and is a great read,so if you want a frank and sometimes brutal book then check it out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Card Roy packs a punch 2 Aug 2012
Normally I can take or leave footballers autobiographies most of them are bland recitals of existing careers sanitised by publishing houses and football clubs keen not to have anything too derogatory or controversial in print.

Then you get "Red Card Roy" the story of Roy McDonough, a player whose 20 plus year career spanned top flight spells with Birmingham and Chelsea down to the lower divisions with the likes of Southend United, Colchester and Exeter ending up in the non-league game with Heybridge Swifts. What sets Roy McDonough apart from an average footballer with a tale to tell is that his tale is worth telling, from the heartbreak of release from Birmingham as a youngster to a desperately lonely spell at Chelsea, Roy's story is heart warming and evocative of an era where all night benders, untold female conquests and practical jokes were part and parcel of every football club in the land. Some of the tales recounted include the theft of Perry Groves' pyjamas, a lass called "Fishy Mary" and drunken coach trips home from away games.

Then there is the red cards, 22 of them, 13 in the Football League both still a record in English football. You thought Cantona was the first exponent of a kung fu kick at a British Football Ground then you would be wrong, ask Tony Pulis, scythed in two by Super Roy just 7 minutes into an FA Cup tie. Why? Just for being Tony Pulis.

The great thing about this book is that Roy, like in his playing career, shies away from nothing and you get the lot, from his playing career, drink and disciplinary problems to personal and relationship break downs. Bernie Friend has done a truly outstanding job piecing together Roy's rollercoaster career into one of the best footballer autobiographies of modern times. Highly recommended, however, please avoid if you are easily shocked!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, candid and though-provoking 5 Aug 2012
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Roy McDonough was always the thinking man with a wild child lifestyle, leading from the front in the adolescent world of boozy footballers. Driven by career frustration, poor decisions, lust, competitiveness and boundless energy, the message between the lines is that alcohol was the escape.

On and off the pitch, Roy rarely read the script, or preferred his own, and this intense volume lends some sense to the chaotic lifestyle and over-familiarity with violence.

It's years since I read Eamonn Dunphy's acclaimed masterpiece, but my impression is that McDonough's tale hits harder, is more candid, and leaves more of an impression.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's only one Big Roy 28 Aug 2012
By TomK
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Roy's book is a must read for any football fan. His tales from his boy hood football in Solihull and onto a career which saw tread the hallowed turf at Wembley is brilliant brilliant story. I could not put this book down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great stories 27 Aug 2012
By Ollster
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I really enjoyed this book, I am a Col U fan and was looking forward to the Colchester related chapters, however I enjoyed all of it. It is easy to read and it appears Roy is honest about what drives him to be the way he is, a real insight.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Aug 2012
This isn't a, 'I respected XYZ for throwing the boot at my head' type of bland, agent driven, rose filled world of football, style of autobiography....this is a truly revealing insight in to the world of football during an age when footballing hardmen needed to be as tough as nails....during an age when if a player went down and stayed down, they were really hurt. In an age before divers and wimps, Roy McDonough stood out as footballing hardman.

This should be Sports Book of the Year - its the best sports book I have read this year and finally a football related autobiography where the author has told the real story....warts and all.

If you only buy one sports book this year, buy this one. Brilliant!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend 5 Aug 2012
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I'm about halfway through Roy's book and having been a supporter of Colchester since 1976 am all to familiar with the tales Roy has to tell - the 4-3 defeat to Newcastle in the League Cup, the long trips to N kahzis (Roy's words not mine - but I agree with him) and the all to familiar fan abuse (still goes on now and yes, Cantona was right to steam in). Also, hailing from Colchester originally I know all the haunts he discusses. That said, even if you are not Colchester fan or from Colchester this book lays bare the sordid details of life as a lower league professional footballer of the 80's/90's - top notch read. Many thanks Roy/Bernie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, real, and a cracking read 8 Aug 2014
What a great book and great read. Roy and his Colchester team provided me with my first trip to Wembley and some great memories, and it's great to relive these in this book. But the book is not just for those who saw Roy play, it is an honest and entertaining autobiography of a footballer playing at the real end of the game, not the premier league pansies who are paid far too much and drop like a piece of wet lettuce as soon as someone breathes on them. In fact, Roy almost says as much when referring to one or two Premier league defenders he came up against, while also praising those few who gave him a tough game. Racing about The rivalry with Martin O'Neil is great entertainment.

The stories of drinking and sleeping around sound like the actions of a bit of a mad-man, and this is acknowledged by McDonough himself. His realisation that 70 pints a week is not normal for a footballer is a pivotal moment in the book, and is also shown as possibly why he didn't compete at the highest level for his entire career.

In short this is probably one of the most entertaining, honest and real sports autobiographies you will read. The fact that it is mostly set in the lower divisions rather than the spoilt land and palaces of sport's superstars make this a much more valuable and valid record.

Brilliant, whether you saw Roy play or not, and really should be read by any fan of football.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the book, but I didn't like the parts about the author's private life.
Published 1 month ago by Shaun Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
I absolutely flew through this book, I was only a teen when Big Roy lead my beloved team to glory at Wembley, unable to get served in The lamb on a Saturday night, but boy did we... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Samantha Scoffin
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book and a very complex character makes Suarez look like a
Very enjoyable book and a very complex character makes Suarez look like a saint
Published 3 months ago by carl whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Red card roy
A friend recommended this book, I was reluctant to download it as most football books tend to be much the same with boring facts n stats, this book is probably one of the best I've... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Cosgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The bollocks must read
Published 4 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great , honest read
Great entertaining read , one of or is the best autobiography I have read , cannot wait until the next , nice one Roy
Published 4 months ago by Glennrandall
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and 20 odd red cards!
Simply wow! The best football biography I've ever read was by Stanley Bowles...Until now that is!. Roy McDonough's story, brilliantly captured by the talented Bernie Friend is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great entertaining read
Published 5 months ago by grt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars The best football autobiography I've ever read
Incredibly honest, Roy McDonough says it as it was, no holds barred. Possibly the best football autobiography I have ever read (and I've read a few). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Brace
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