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The Gambler: Oisín McConville's Story: Oisin McConville's Story [Paperback]

Oisín McConville , Ewan MacKenna
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1 Nov 2007

As far as those who marvel at his sporting glories are concerned, Oisín McConville is a winner. His career has marked him out as one of the most gifted footballers of a generation. To date, he has won eleven Ulster titles

and four All Irelands for club and country, picking up two All Stars and becoming the top scorer in Ulster football along the way. But off the pitch, winning has not been so easy.

Outside the sport, McConville looked for other ways to replicate the buzz he felt while on the pitch for Crossmaglen and Armagh, and things very quickly got out of control. After the closure of his pub, it was rumoured that he had a drinking problem but in fact McConville had fallen victim to another addiction: gambling. What started out as a hobby became an overwhelming obsession and as his debts mounted the only escape he could find was on the football field.

In The Gambler, McConville relives the darkest days of his addiction and the six months he spent in rehabilitation while also recalling the highlights of his career.



Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845962958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845962951
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The autobiography of one of the most gifted Irish footballers of a generation

From the Back Cover

Oisín McConville was born in 1975 and made his senior football debut for Armagh in 1994, the team for which he still plays. In 2006, he became the top Ulster scorer in the history of the GAA, overtaking Paddy Doherty and Peter Canavan. He plays club football with Crossmaglen Rangers, with whom he has won the All-Ireland Club title four times, in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2007.

Ewan MacKenna is a sports writer with the Sunday Tribune. A native of Athy, Co Kildare, he joined the newspaper in 2004 and since then has covered Gaelic games, boxing, soccer, cricket and athletics. He started his journalism career with the Kildare Nationalist and also spent time working for the Labour Party before winning the Peter Ball Memorial Sports Writing Award and moving to his current post.


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4.0 out of 5 stars sean h likes 22 July 2010
By sean h
Format:Paperback
very good and honest book, you will be a fan of Oisin's after you read
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1.0 out of 5 stars gambler 29 Mar 2014
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o k if you like irish football but if you want gamblering stories little in this book i skipped most of it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough about gambling addiction 21 Feb 2014
By John
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thought it would have more Info on gambling addiction

as I am a compulsive gambler I thought this book would help me come to terms with what I have to do to beat it. It's more about GAA?
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