- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1137 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport Media; 1 edition (26 Aug. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005KAHF0S
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SECRET DIARY of a LIVERPOOL SCOUT Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I raced through it in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down. Loads and loads of books have been published in recent years about the club, but this one is definitely the most unique in terms of the way it is written by the dry witted author, Simon Hughes, as well as the topic matter.
There are loads of stories in there that I haven't heard before about players that Liverpool might have signed after being scouted by Geoff Twentyman and of course, many stories about the players that eventually did end up at Anfield.
I reckon non-Liverpool fans would like the book as well because it's not just about the Reds. There are interviews in there with players like Martin Buchan (United), Andy Gray (Everton), Franny Lee (City) and Gordon McQueen to name just a few.
I really can't recommend this book enough to all proper football fans.
The book has been written using Twentyman's scouting diaries, interviews with his family & the players he recommended to sign, and more interestingly didn't recommend. Simon Hughes does a good job of piecing together the information from these three sources but I couldn't help think the book would have been an easier read if it was written as a traditional biography rather than a huge chunk of the book covering player-by-player stories. I hate to sound too critical after having enjoyed the book so much but there were a number of times where I felt the writing was a little amateurish, not just with regard to the layout but in particular where the writer's Liverpool-biased remarks are included. I'm a massive fan & no-one would be surprised to learn how I feel about United, Chelsea, etc but I don't feel the need to hammer this home just to tie my flag to the mast.
Overall it's a great idea for a book & works well. You can tell from the huge number of footballing greats who were keen to participate in this book, quite how brilliant Geoff Twentyman was at his job & arguably the greatest scout there ever was.
Geoff Twentyman was simply a genius in spotting players who could play the Liverpool way and it is amazing to see the difference in our incoming transfers since he left. Our current scout, Macia who has so called spotted some of the least talented players we have ever signed actually contributes to this book, that in itself is a travesty.
This book will also appeal to football fans in general as there are many interviews with players that Geoff scouted but Liverpool for one reason or another did not sign.
All in all an excellent book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read about a back room member of a vital member who gets little or no obvious recognition or acclaim.Published 2 months ago by Terry Ripo
Definitely worth a read to see what happens behind the scenes. I am sur it is very different from lower league clubs but obe dies get a small insight...Published 2 months ago by John Buey
Disappointed as it doesn't really inform you of Twentyman or offer a great deal of insight. More just a collection of anecdotes from former players, the majority of whom are dull... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daryl Tomlinson
A very difficult book to read. The author repeats himselfe over and over to the point of frustration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Penor
Good book about Liverpool and Geoff Twentymen during their glory days and their old title winning sides built from his and others scouting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Woolnough