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The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)

The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport) [Kindle Edition]

Paul McGuigan
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"A story of shattered dreams, hedonism and a short life lived very much to the full . . . this is one of the essential modern football books" (FourFourTwo)

"It has a magical atmosphere and is easily the most compulsive soccer biography you'll ever read" (Melody Maker)

"A terrific read" (Daily Mail)

"Poignant, funny and tragic" (The Scotsman)

Book Description

The story of lost soccer great Robin Friday, subject of the forthcoming movie Friday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; New edition edition (6 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053QBDMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Liam Gallagher were a footballer 7 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Co-written by ex-Oasis gutarist Paul McGuigan, a couple of chapters into the book you can see the why writing a book on an obscure 4th division footballer of the 1970's had an direct appeal to a man who had spent five years on the road with the Gallagher brothers.
Robin Friday played less than three seasons for the (old) 4th divison Reading RC and then "retired" after a short spell at Cardiff City at the ripe old age of 24. Undoubtedly of remarkable natural ability ( he could have played for England we are repeatedly told by a string of credible witnesses), it is however Friday's off field antics which hold your interest and largely explain why two decades on McGuigan chose to write a book about him.
In terms of style this is not a classic biography, relying almost exclusively on a series of interviews with family and friends and contemporary newspaper reports. But all this is put together very well by McGuigan and co-author Paulo Hewitt making the book very readable. Indeed, this somewhat hotch potch approach almost perfectly reflects the life of Robin, a man who even at the peak of his career seemed to live out of carrier bags and cheap digs with a variety of wives,women, boozers and drug dealers never far behind him.
The book is funny, intriguing and tragic - Friday died in poverty aged only 38 in 1990. But the authors succeeed in presenting Robin Friday as a genuine talent and lovable rogue that for all his obvious faults you can't help liking. A good read. You wouldn't need to be a football fan to enjoy it, and in the absence of evidence from an era when TV coverage was limited to the big clubs a fitting tribute to a player I had never heard of but wish I had.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read 12 Dec 2002
As a football fan (well, barely at the moment - West Ham), and as a lover of sporting biographies, I found this book to be a cracking good read. - I was a teenage football nut in the seventies and from what it says in the book about how good Robin Friday was, it's hard to believe that I've never heard of this player. He must have occasionally featured on Big Match highlights on Sunday afternoons. I'd love to see some footage of him. Anyway, the book takes you on a journey of ambition, success, self-destruction and ultimately sadness. It's a bit slow starting and the diary format takes a few pages to get used to, but once you're into it, it's difficult to put down. At the end you're left with a feeling that maybe he truly was the greatest footballer you never saw.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book! 12 April 2000
By A Customer
This book takes you back to when football was a game you loved and would of played for nowt every week, just for the privelage of playing in the league.Robin Friday was a talent bar non.Better than bestie? If he gave a shite, then maybe.The book reveals a real character, a man who loved his football, loved all the things about football that thrill you as a kid, taking people on, scoring real scorchers, it was fun for him whenever and who ever he played against, he loved it! All the good things in life, things that made him happy, and that was all that counted.A short but very compact innings,with which any true 'lad' will surely relate to, a quality read about a quality bloke.(All premiership footballers should all read this and weep)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There was and is only one Robin Friday 20 Jan 2005
First a confession. I'm an exiled Reading fan and as a 15 year old Robin Friday was my hero. I well remember standing in the South Bank at Elm Park and watching this magician beat defenders and then seemingly wait for them to catch up so he could beat them again! To me he was as good as George Best and should have been as famous. I was there against Tranmere in what was a vital promotion battle when we won 5-0 and he scored THAT goal.
This book is excellent and my only regret is that it has taken me this long to find it. For a Reading fan from the 70's it is so evocative but for any football supporter or anyone with an interest in the human condition it is a great read.
If Robin Friday was twenty five years old today he would be earning millions and would hopefully be receiving wise counsel from whichever club was lucky enough to have his services. Instead he played in an era when lower division footballers earned half the wages of scaffolders and plasterers and were largely left to their own devices off the field. With a little bit of the pastoral help that today's players get from the bigger clubs who knows....
The diary style and first hand nature of a lot of the comments in this book help to put everything in perspective and in it's own historical context. I finished the book in one gulp and put it aside with nostalgia and emotion flowing over me and an over powering sadness at the thought of what might have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute... 12 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback my boyhood hero. It's surprising just how many people claim to have seen THAT goal against Tranmere (I'm sure the score was 5-2 or 5-3, but not 5-0 as so many people - like one of the reviewers below - claim). Anyway, I was lucky enough to see him score that goal and I still remember the ref's (Clive Thomas) reaction to it, which was almost as amazing as the goal itself. It was perhaps the zenith of Friday's antics on and off the pitch, and said just about everything about the man: skillful, cheeky, unorthodox and creative. He was the poor man's George Best, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. No doubt they're both having a drink, a chat and a good giggle in football heaven as I write.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Bought this book years ago after talking to a friend about it had to buy for a re read great for a toilet read
Published 15 days ago by alan foote
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining if small volume
Poor Robin seemed to have everything but the temperament to handle his gifts, his story is in turns funny & sad but ultimately a waste, this book will only take a day to read but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by uncle wald
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Put together from interviews and paper clippings, it brings Robin to life and is an entertaining read which highlights the life of a maverick / reckless player
Published 3 months ago by Brucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but very sad
fantastic book, but incredibly sad. Way before my time but just reading this book gave me a great insight into what an amazing yet complex man Robin was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Martyn Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper book about football
This is a must read book about lower league football and makes you revisit the heroes that you saw and made football real
Published 9 months ago by will oldham
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story - book doesn't quite flow
Liked the story and the history behind the man but felt we could have got more. Not a fan of books that are so heavily quote based. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Prendergast
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but could have been better
Friday was obviously a hero to the Reading fans and must have been a nightmare to manage. Whilst this book highlights his highs and lows I felt it could have been so much better... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr S A Rimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading`s greatest
An incredible read,I was born in 68,and am born and raised in Reading,I can't remember my first game watching Reading because my dad couldn't afford to take us,I had to share with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend
Robin was a Cardiff City legend although he wasn't with us for long he certainly left his mark and will never be forgotten.
Published 11 months ago by Gatchie01
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends
Having known robin Friday growing up this book is truly great as he was the greatest better than bestie and he deserves this recognition
Published 11 months ago by Lixie
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