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LFC Gary Ablett - Game Of My Life

by Liverpool F.C.
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Date first available at 27 Sep 2012
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Game Of My Life Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett was an ordinary boy whose football dream came true.

He was talent spotted, given an apprenticeship and graduated to the first team of Liverpool Football Club. It was a golden era. The Anfield dressing room was packed with legends in the 1980s. Dalglish, Hansen, Nicol, Rush, Barnes. But no sooner had he established himself than Ablett realised that the real fight had only just begun.

He struggled to make his voice heard in a club full of strong personalities. Despite winning two league titles and an FA Cup, his performances eventually started to slip.

When he was effectively told he could leave Anfield, he did the unthinkable in many Merseyside fans' eyes. He crossed Stanley Park and joined Everton.

There he fought another battle to win over the supporters and ended up making history. When the Blues overturned the odds to lift the FA Cup in 1995, Ablett became the only man to win the famous trophy with both Merseyside clubs.

Other career challenges followed but the biggest battle lay ahead of him. When he was told he was suffering from an aggressive form of cancer he vowed that he would not give in to the illness. It was then that Ablett saw the other side of the game. The remarkable courage he showed won him new respect. The football family pulled together to look after one of their own.

This is a touching and inspiring book that will shock and surprise you. A story that Gary Ablett wanted to tell with a powerful message about the choices we make in football - and life itself.

Gary Ablett wrote this book in 2011 with Paul Joyce. Paul is Merseyside football correspondent for The Daily Express. Forewords by Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes.

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In essence this is a happy story because Gary Ablett was able to play football at a high level for many years. But it is not a story with a happy ending because, as everyone knows, Gary sadly did not survive long enough to see his words published. It is immediately clear, however, that the bulk of this book had already been written before the final stages of cancer took over to claim the life of a man who was still only in his mid-forties. All ghostwriter Paul Joyce and Jacqueline Ablett had to do was tie up a few loose ends and prepare the manuscript for publication, a task that must have been incredibly difficult for Gary's widow as she tried to come to terms with her loss. Her bravery and that of her children come through as much as her husband's in this book, especially in the moving chapter she added to the end called simply "A Light Shines On". Plus there are emotional tributes from friends, colleagues and family members that make it very clear what a big role Gary Ablett played in their lives and how much they respected him and how highly they valued the contribution he had made to their own lives. This is a book that would have been published anyway, irrespective of the way things turned out. The way I see it "The Game Of My Life" isn't about any particular match that Ablett played in, although there is an obvious clue in that title to the winning F.A. cup finals he appeared in for the two Merseyside clubs in 1989 and 1995. Many professional footballers can look back at one particular match that changed their lives. But perhaps the reality is that the game of Gary Ablett's life wasn't a football match at all but the way he fought for his own life with dignity and courage in the face of an aggressive and indiscriminate disease that would eventually claim him as another victim. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very brave fight for life 14 Jun 2012
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This book is a very moving story of a super chaps fight to live. Gary Ablett was a gentleman and a truly nice guy and will be sadly missed by his family, friends and fans. Thank you Gary for trying to save Stockport you did an excellent job with your hands tied behind your back because of the clubs difficulties. Had you not had to cope with these problems, I am certain you would have taken the club back to the championship and beyond. God bless you and look after you now, Gary. You are the best.

This is a must read for anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A happy and sad story 18 Nov 2012
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I finished this book in two days, and shed a tear or two along the way. Well done, Gary Ablett, your family and Paul Joyce. I've never been Roy Keane's biggest fan, but have so much respect for him after reading this book. A book for Blues, Reds and football fans everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gary ablett 20 May 2012
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an excellent book both very honest and very emotional, from the efforts of getting into liverpool to fighting his illness, a book i found hard to put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good read 19 Aug 2013
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A good book. Very emotional especially the writing at the end by Gary's wife, family and friends. A good insight into playing for both Liverpool and Everton.
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