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12 Dec 2011
As featured on Sky Sports and Talk Radio. The remarkable autobiography of the most troubled footballer of modern times. Andy Morrison was a cult hero with the fans of every club he ever played for and the inspirational skipper of Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Manchester City. However, away from football it was a different story. His life has been scarred by violence, alcoholism, trouble with the law and personal tragedy. This is a remarkably frank and honest book, a moving description of one man's demons and how he has been fighting them relentlessly for the best part of three decades. He does not hide his problems with drink, the fights with teammates and managers, the bar brawls, the pursuit of fans who abused him, the Crown Court trial that could have seen him jailed for four years, the conviction for benefit fraud or the traumatic events that wreaked havoc on his family. Morrison believes that many of his problems can be traced to a horrific incident in his youth, one that he has never spoken about. Until now. This is remarkable account of a man in crisis and of his refusal to give in to the dark side of his psyche.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fort Publishing Ltd (12 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905769334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905769339
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A forthright and compelling account of the demons that drove him to 'barbaric' acts of violence . . . Andy Morrison was a cult hero, a ferocious competitor whose will to win endeared him to teammates and supporters' --Daily Mail

'Jaw dropping . . . A beautiful, brutal, bombshell of a book' --Manchester Evening News

'Fabulous . . . A brillliant, no-holds-barred book' --Sunday People

'A great read . . . compelling and very honest' Daily Express. 'Morrison's story is riveting reading in his no-holds barred retelling of his career' Plymouth Herald. 'Andy Morrison was a leader, a winner and a born competitor' Ian Holloway. 'A gripping, no-holds-barred read, which will make you wince, may shock and goes a long way to explaining what made Andy Morrison the man he is today' Independent. 'A warts and all-type book. He does not hide the fights with managers, teammates, bar brawls, the pursuit of fans who abused him and a Crown Court trial that could have seen him jailed for years' Shoot Magazine. 'A revealing insight into a battering ram of a player who always left his mark' Telegraph and Argus. 'An outstanding centre half, captain and leader as City won an extraordinary promotion . . . He remains a cult favourite at the club to this day' Sky Sports. 'A forthright and compelling account of the demons that drove him to barbaric acts of violence' Soccer Fountain.com 'A gritty, brutally honest and enlightening football autobiography' --Football and Fashion

'Fabulous . . . A brillliant, no-holds-barred book' --Sunday People --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'smashing' read - literally! 31 Oct 2011
By Steven
Format:Hardcover
This is a no-frills autobiography that's told in a way that the writer would recount it over a pint, although given alcohol plays such a massive part in the story, probably best to buy Andy Morrison a coke! I admired Andy as a player who gave everything and expected the same from everyone else and it's such a shame that his career was blighted by injuries. Great memories for City fans BUT any football fan will appreciate this as the majority is NOT about City. Hard-hitting, as the previous poster said, is an understatement - read it but don't let the kids read it!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw Dropping 1 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An amazing story of a man who is brutally honest about everything that has happened in his career and his life. There isn't much written about the other side to Morrison, which I am certain must be there, as he talks about being a good husband and a good father. His football career was blighted by injury and alcoholism and the level of violence in the story is just off the scale. How he has never been to prison is just down to good luck and circumstance. Some of his decision making makes you worry about him - playing Sunday League football in Winsford, never mind following a car full of players back to their pub because they had been winding him up. I couldn't put it down and think it's fascinating how Morrison was just below the pay bracket that would have made him a wealthy footballer - always just one contract away from his team mates etc... and yet he did literally drag Man City up from Division two and was under contract when they were back in the premiership. I loved him as a player and find the honesty of his story eye opening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it 12 Nov 2011
By KLB fc
Format:Hardcover
great read. More than the usual boring footballer just talking about games good insight into the hard mans way of thinking make you think before abusing someone on the pitch well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read..... 9 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I knew a fair bit about what had gone on, but there was so much more. Very open and honest, and possibly cathartic in the writing. It'll make you laugh and cry and think what can go wrong next. I turned the pages almost apprehensively. A cracking read that you won't want to put down. A must read for Argyle, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Man City fans as well as the general supporter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A footballer's battle with drink and violence 28 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Had Andy Morrison not played for City then I wouldn't have bothered with this book. However, I am glad he did for both reasons as it is an astounding read. The level of violence encountered throughout his life is quite incredible and there is some umbelieavble stories of the extent he went to to settle scores with people both inside and outside of them game. I'd definitey recommend it whether you support any of the teams he played for or not and you certainly won't read a football biog like it again as it is somewhat different to the usual bland rubbish you get from premier league players these days. Hard hitting would be an understatement!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars violent 22 May 2014
By bagpuss
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved Andy Morrison at City, but after reading this book feel it totally glorifies the violence he and his family used to do on nights out in Plymouth. Details of going out *just* to fight people, it's not on - you can hide it behind being drunk but the intent was there before they even left the house, it's the fighting, punching, kicking, beating - and he goes on about it so much, glorifies it.
An honest book yes.... but not one i want to read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 7 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
Bland is not the word for the majority of football life stories.A bit about childhood,a bit about mum and dad,career and then some jumbled bit about what is wrong with the sport and you finish it and think twenty quid for that?
That is certainly not the feeling you get after reading this book it drags you into a world of organised bare knuckle fistfights at Plymouth docks to brawls in nightclubs and numerous drunken escapades that defy belief.
As well as this there is a football career of some repute with his exploits at Manchester city being the zenith of his career without a doubt.
Morrisons honesty and straightforward approach to life shines through on every page and you go away with a feeling that despite his off the field problems he at least made a significant mark (no pun intended) particularly at the then struggling Manchester City.
A must buy for ANY football supporter regardless of affiliation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good , the mad and the ugly 13 Nov 2011
By Paul F
Format:Hardcover
What a great read. Andy tells how it was from young lad from Scotland to the highs and lows of beer and football. Every Mnachester City fan must read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic footy read
Great read!
Published 1 day ago by Eliza J Daggett
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrison what a warrior
Very open and honest book probably one of the most brutal and and turbulent careers any footballer has had good luck andy
Published 10 days ago by carl whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Gobsmacked
Bert Trautmann's biography made me feel sick with his Nazism; Paul Lake and Uwe Rosler's autobiographies were incredibly emotional; but Andy Morrison's is a whole new ball game. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
book flows along showing that football is sometimes harder than we think.sometimes times we take people who are in the public eye for granted this shows another side
Published 20 days ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
As a City fan, always liked him a player.
The books a fantastic read, honest account and a little bit different from your usual ex footballers boring/predictable bio. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Heseltine
4.0 out of 5 stars From Stonehouse to the Premier League
Jock Morrison was a direct contemporary of mine and I remember playing against him in the Plymouth DJM football league (he played for Elm, while I was with Kitto Hawks). Read more
Published 1 month ago by CJGC
4.0 out of 5 stars truthful insight
Frank truthful look into Morrisons life and career warts and all, nothing left out Morrison tells about his highs and lows both on and off the pitch
Published 2 months ago by ob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read.
Read all football biographys and this one was by far the most truthfull enjoyable book I have ever read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good book giving the real story behind most pro footballers, it's not all big money and a high roller lifestyle
Published 9 months ago by SD Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
Couldn't put it down. Honest, open and very well written. They don't make them like Andy Morrison anymore. Highly recommended
Published 11 months ago by David Milne
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