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Dave Langan , Trevor Keane , Alan Conway
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19 Nov 2012
Dave ‘Francis’ Langan was born on 15 February 1957 in the Ringsend suburb of Dublin. He played for Bath Rangers and Cherry Orchard as a youth before moving to England at the age of 16 after being signed by the legendary Brian Clough as an apprentice at Derby County. He spent six years at Derby County, winning their player of the year award for the 1977-78 season, before moving to Birmingham City, for a then club record fee of £350,000 in 1980. He spent four years at St Andrew’s; a period hampered by injuries before leaving the club on a free transfer to join Oxford United, then in the old Division Two. Despite being written off by managers, including his former manager at Birmingham, Langan’s move to Oxford saw him win the Division Two title and achieve his dream of playing at Wembley Stadium, helping the club to win the 1986 Milk Cup Final against QPR. He also played for Leicester City (on loan), Bournemouth and Peterborough before retiring from professional football in 1989 at the age of 32. Langan also won 26 caps for the Republic of Ireland, making his debut in 1978 and winning his last cap in 1988. Dave now works for Peterborough City Council.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DB Publishing (19 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178091010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780910109
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Limerick man Trevor Keane is the chief soccer writer for, an online site dedicated to sport in Ireland and abroad. He is the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish football managers. He also works in the financial services sector and lives in Kilkenny. Alan Conway is a former Shelbourne youth player, whose career was cut short due to an injury received whilst on trial with Manchester United. He recovered to become a qualified journalist. He writes for many online publications as well as for and still manages to play some ball.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper player 29 Nov 2012
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How good to read a football book about a proper player.someone who gave his all for his team,when money was not motivation,but love of the game.How a player mixed & related to fans who are now just a means of helping pay their obscene wages.He's gone through tough times during & after injury finished his career,but is fighting back.a great insight into an 80's footballers private life.I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A candid and honest autobiography. 22 Nov 2012
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Dave Langan has allowed us to intrude into some very personal and candid moments in not just his sporting career but his life, we are grateful and respect how the footballers of that Era were forged from greater metal than their contemporaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a football book 18 Nov 2012
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This autobiography brings you through the years of Dave Langan's ascent through the footballing ranks to represent the country that he'd run through walls for. Anecdotes pack the chapters of his time with Derby, Brum, Oxford and Ireland. The conceit at the end of each chapter of the interviews of key members of Dave's life works well as a counterpoint to the first person narration.

Dave Langan was one of the first players I can remember seeing, as my dad brought me along to Lansdowne Road in the early 80s. There were more storied names in some of those teams, but it was the flying right full that tackled everything that stuck in my mind.

However once the pinnacle of international football (and domestic honours) has been reached, it brings you through the many descents that the man faced, as well as responsibilities ducked throughout his life. Throughout the recounting of these travails, the author is never less than honest in standing up to his failings.

We are left with a book that tells the story of an honest, decent, proud man, lucky enough to play football at the top level. Should be mandatory reading for every young professional footballer to show them the meaning of pride in the jersey, however fleeting their time in a jersey might be.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was still this way 8 Nov 2012
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If you are lucky enough to remember when football was played by genuine men then this read is for you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Birmingham City Hero 28 April 2014
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Not only was David Langan a hero when he played for Birmingham City F.C., but for Ireland too. I was sad when I heard that he had problems off the field with his health though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 24 Mar 2014
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Great book from a real legend of football, a term that describes most of today's prima donnas, wish true legends like these are rewarded properly, FAI you should be ashamed of yourselves, Keane Sussed you out, and although he working for you now, he knows what you are like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dave langan pro footballer 25 Jan 2014
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Having conversed with @DavyLangan via twitter i bought this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
His honesty through good times and a lot of bad ones was refreshing.
We all idolize footballers and their current lifestyle,
Davy was one of the less fortunate clutch of footballers
pre premier league riches time,who ended up homeless.
Dave loves the game,that shines through the pages,
if only the same could be said of most
modern day cash rich professionals
A real football fans must read.
Dave deserves his royalties for this great book 5stars..."Russ Hogg"
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