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The Man With Maradona's Shirt [Hardcover]

Steve Hodge
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20 May 2010

This is not a straightforward autobiography, it's a snapshot of a vanished era of football, based on meticulously kept diaries. The eighties and the early nineties was the last era of (relative) innoncence in football. Steve Hodge played alongside Hoddle, Waddle and Ardiles in the lauded mid-eighties Spurs midfield; he was a dressing-room witness to the vagaries, charm, whims and downright venomous side of Brian Clough; he was at two World Cups, being instrumental in the hand-of-God episode, and hanging out with the likes of Gazza and Lineker four years later in Italy. He won the last League Championship medal with Leeds, then languished in the reserves with a 'somewhat shy', cultured Frenchman. As the balls would fly over the midfield -- Howard Wilkinson being a disciple of route one -- Eric Cantona would turn to him and repeatedly say, 'Hodgey, why are we here?'

This will be a great, intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse at life at the top level - a kind of blend of the elements that made Pete Davis' All Played Out and Tony Cascarino's Full Time so successful.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409113159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409113157
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this is an entertaining and engrossing account of the beautiful game before the multi-million-pound salaries ripped out its soul, and when a roasting was something Brian Clough gave to players at half time. Hodge may not have won the cup but he'll win fans with this. (NEWS OF THE WORLD)

these stories are laced with fresh, often fascinating insights ... one of the more revealing biographies and a reminder to the current crop that they should wait a while before putting pen to paper (FOURFOURTWO)

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Intimate, behind-the-scenes account of the last age of innocence in football, just prior to the Premiership, based on England midfielder's diaries

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man With..... 9 Aug 2010
A Great read and historical biography of a bi-gone era of the 'beautiful and not so beautiful game of football'.
Combining great humour and insight into the affairs and goings on in football - warts and all - at both club and international level, spiced up with anecdotes from non other than Mr.Brian Clough together with slap stick comedy from Gaza.
Not to be missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 18 Sep 2011
A decent read, particularly for forest fans. Some good insights into what cloughie used to get upto. On the whole an interesting book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good player - good book 10 May 2011
As a big Nottingham Forest fan, this book is right up my street and i really enjoyed it. On top of that 'Harry' Hodge is one my all time favourites! Although there is quite a bit about Forest in the book there is a lot of other things to read about, so overall an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Autobiography for Real Football fans!! 28 Jan 2011
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This is a Quality Autobiography from a Quality player and a great insight into what it was like to be a top player back in the good ole days of Football in the 80's before Money took over! Anyone who remembers those days or is interested in hearing more about them should go out and buy this book!!
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