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Superfan!: The Amazing Life of Morris Keston [Hardcover]

Morris Keston , Nick Hawkins
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1 May 2010

Football fan extraordinaire and friend of the stars! Starring: Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Geoff Hurst, Terry Venables, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and many, many more...

Superfan is a collection of wonderful anecdotes and stories from one of football's and England's great characters.

Morris Keston was once just a regular football fan, but then he started befriending the Spurs players (sometimes by following them out of the ground and sitting next to them on the bus!). By the time the 1966 World Cup came around Bobby Moore and Jimmy Greaves were popping round for tea between training sessions, and when Spurs reached numerous cup finals in the seventies and eighties the players from both teams would flock to his wild after-match party instead of the club's official dos.

Beyond football he became friends with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali. He regularly travelled to Vegas in Sinatra's private jet and still goes into a cold sweat when recalling the time Stirling Moss gave him a lift and reversed down a narrow street at 90mph.

He had a whole chapter devoted to him in Hunter Davies's classic sports tome The Glory Game, but now the amazing adventures of Morris Keston at last have a book of their own.

''It's a brilliant read. It's what every fan wants to be. And could be. Told from a time when football players were accessible. From when wages were identical, before locked gates, super cars and security cameras became the norm.''
-- England Football Online, April 2010
''I thoroughly recommend this book by Morris, who truly is a SUPER fan.''
-- Norman Giller, April 2010
''All killer, not an ounce of filler.''
-- Who Killed Ruel Fox, May 2010
''It's a tale of a bygone, arguably better era, where you could turn up on the turnstile and get in, where players were open and willing to chat rather than be surrounded by a forcefield of PR and agents, where players understood that they and the fans are one and the same, not a different class.''
-- Tottenham On My Mind, May 2010
''Keston reveals authentic tales of (Bobby) Moore, a bloke call Muhammad Ali and a certain singer by the name of Frank Sinatra. Reading it reminds me of reading David Niven's biography, The Moon's A Balloon.''
-- Rob Shepherd, News of the World, May 2010
''Morris was like our 12th man. No matter where and when we played he was there. He was always there to help and advise if a player ever got into bother; and he knew more about what was going on at the club than any of us. But he never told tales out of school. He knew when to keep stum, and he won the trust of everybody at the club. Yes, a Superfan!''
-- Jimmy Greaves, April 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing; 1st Edition edition (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905326793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905326792
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superfan, Super Read. 24 May 2010
At first this book would only seem to appeal to the Tottenham fan, but a quick flick through the pages and it reveals a real gem of a book. Who would of thought a book about a football fan having sections about Sinatra, Ali and a whole host of footballs most famous players.

The quotes from the great and good of the game at the beginning of each chapter testifies to Morris profound personality that so many people are willing to heap praise on him. My personal favourite being Garth Grooks: the BBC straight face pundit, admitting that Morris was instrumental in many firsts in his life, most amusingly his first trip to a strip club.

The attention to detail is fantastic, as a Spurs fan the chapter that chronicled how close Bobby Moore came to signing for Tottenham had me flying though the pages. At this point I should take time also to credit the author Nick Hawkins whom I believe this is his first book, he knows how to keep a readers attention. I most certainly will be keeping an eye out for his next publication.

Overall this is a fantastic read that will appeal to all football fans, and have you uttering "that just could not happen today," & "blimey he had an understanding wife." under your breath on almost ever chapter.

Don't think about buying this book, click the link. It is money well spent
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book for all fans 20 May 2010
By Sydney
As a West Ham fan did I really want to read about my rivals Number 1 fan? The book had Sir Geoff and Bobby Moore in it so I decided I would grit my teeth and just skip to their bits. The book is so much more it is a book for all football fans and indeed fans of celebrity. Today no one on the planet would achieve what Morris has managed. It would be like me having a coffee with David Beckham, going to a disco with Lady GaGa and taking Christiano Ronaldo home to meet my mum. I could not put the book down and read it over a weekend. I found myself warming to Morris as I got through the book and the pictures prove it is not a yarn. I would love to read what he left out.

The writing is done so that you can easily dip in and out of the book and it easily holds your attention. I have even bought copies as presents for my friends! A definite page turner and well worth the investment.

The book has made me think that when England bring home the World Cup this summer I will send the squad an invite to a BBQ round at mine..... I wonder how many will turn up for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars all the way 20 Jun 2010
'Superfan' is a unique book in that it is a five-star read for all football supporters, as well as a five-star read for non-football lovers. As a football fan myself, I found it fascinating that one man could be such a devoted fan in his support for Spurs and England. My wife, who doesn't know anything about football, also loved it for the amazing anecdotes from Morris about his friendship with legendary stars like Moore, Hurst and Venables and Frank Sinatra. I'd recommend 'Superfan' to readers of any age. An ideal holiday read, brilliantly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - great fun 25 May 2010
Where to start...
As a Spurs fan I was aware of Morris, and heard of the book so decided to buy it regardless of any review - then found he was doing a signing with the author Nick Hawkins so went along just to get it signed.
Having a coffee before I realised Morris was at the next table so cheekily asked for an autograph from him and Nick (I had already bought the book at the shop) rather than queue up.

The following half an hour I spent chatting to Morris convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that every word in the book is true - and I would love to spend time with him again to hear the ones he wasn't allowed to publish. He is an absolute gent, so knowledgeable about football as a whole, and Spurs and England that I think a speaking tour would be the next step for him.

The book itself has so much humour and genuine passion it is quite an emotional read at times, but is always held together by the usually humourous annecdotes and stories.

The last chapter echoes my views on the modern game, and sadly why Morris will be the last of his kind, and why it is such a different game today.

This is as much of a football book as The Glory Game, in a slightly different vein, but just as important to read and understand the history of our game.

A must read for any Spurs and England fan, and in real terms, anyone who loves football and a good story.
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