"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
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!