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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907637559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907637551
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,434,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rathbone's autobiography is a superb read - Five Stars --FourFourTwo magazine, July 1 2011

A fantastic insight into the real world of football- a cracking read. --Oliver Holt, The Daily Mirror, July 11 2011

You can almost smell the liniment as you turn the pages of Mick Rathbone's unique take on life. --Shaun Custis, The Sun, July 12 2011

`Bazil' Rathbone's book is like a great football match. It has drama, humour, tribulations and triumphs.
--Gordon Taylor, July 13 2011 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mick 'Baz' Rathbone is unique in the game of professional football in that he has been a player, manager and physio. A no-nonsense full back, between 1975 and 1995 he turned out for Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End and Halifax Town, where he began his career as a physio and ended up managing the team as they battled to retain their place in the Football League. He went on to become physio at Preston North End in 1995 and then in 2002 he was appointed Head of Medicine at Everton FC by David Moyes. He left Everton in 2010 but continues to work in professional football in a freelance capacity, most recently for the England U17 team, Preston North End and Coventry City. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By adderst on 3 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book from reading the five-star review in FourFourTwo, and so I got it straight away and I must say it doesn't disappoint. `Baz' gives a great insight into the world of football, having spent 35 years in the game as a player, physio and manager. What I also thought was really interesting and also quite surprising was the confidence issues he faced as a young player rising through the youth ranks to the first team of the club he supported as a boy, Birmingham City. The parts about his sensitivity to dressing-room banter from his teammates and his stage-fright at playing alongside his footballing hero Trevor Francis are particularly shocking. When reading the book you really feel like you get to know Baz, and his warmth and sense of humour really comes across. He's honest and intelligent and can certainly tell a good tale, and I'd definitely recommend this book to any fans of football, or sport in general.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jodi_efc on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Funny, heartwarming and most importantly honest insight into the other sides of the beautiful game. A million miles away from the WAG and wages we associate with football today. The book follows 'Baz' on his journey from cowering apprentice to star player, manager at the bottom and then physio at the top. You find yourself willing him to speak up and at some points in the book shut up (his first meeting with his wife!) A brilliant read for all football fans!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on 3 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heared Baz talking about his book on the NSNO podcast and immediately ordered it from Amazon . It arrived this morning and I was unable to put it down . From the foreward by Phil Neville to the postscripts by many of Baz's friends and colleagues at the end , every page was a joy tinged with a touch of sadness. A fantastic insight to all aspects of professional football from top to bottom experienced by a gentleman who overcame his demons to reach what for me personally would be the pinnacle of football ... Working for Everton FC in a position that he was loved , respected and admired by all . If you want to try to get inside the minds of our current professionals and what makes them tick or read how different it is from one end of the spectrum to the other then you have to read this .
The highest rating I am allowed to give is a 5* but for Baz this is a Sunday People 10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Euron on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An honest, insightful and often hysterical look at the glamorous (and not so glamorous) world of professional football.
This will bring a smile to your face. It would make a cracking gift for anyone with an interest in football. Great read! LOVED IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By True footie fan - on 17 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a must buy for any football fan, a real inside from a professional who played in the 1980's, who then progressed to a physio, manager, and ended up the top physio at Everton, having daily contact with the top players. You cannot put this down and it must be a good buy for any football lover as a gift. I would say just buy this and you will get the best insight into how football has changed. The characters in the game, the pranks, the anguish and pain, the transfers and the inside line on what makes professional football work. Players wanting to move, fall outs, new signings, the thrill of the win, the threat of the sack - it is all here. Then this is compared to the game pre SKY, when players and managers got by on what we would call good but normal wages. I can not tell you how much a good decision you would have made if you went and bought this book. I hope there is a second book to come from a top man and a real good honest hardworking guy. Cheers Mick - Up the Warriors!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By daveyjones1878 on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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A must read for any football fan "Baz" takes you on his journey through his football career, and what a career it was.It had me gripped from the start with his brutal honesty and great sense of humour you can tell why he is is loved and admired by many ' A true professional '.

Daveyjones1878 ( Everton Fan ).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By @jamesmcpake on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Met Baz about one month ago and he told me he had a book out, at the start I thought why is a Physio/fitness coach bringing a book out. As I soon found out Baz was not just a normal Physio/fitness coach! I got to know him a bit more and soon realised how good and how long a career he had as both a player and also as the Physio at Preston and Everton( not forgetting his time at Halifax either). As a footballer myself I can relate in a lot of ways to what Baz writes about in his book, and for someone who is a big fan of football this book gives a much more truthful insight into the game than any other football related books I've previously read. The book has some fantastic stories ranging from being a young kid starting out and also about being a very important member of staff at a really top club in the premier league. it was a pleasure to work with Baz for the last month or so and a pleasure to read and learn more about the top man that Baz is. People involved in the game will love this book because it's truthful and fans will get the real insight into the game they love. A great read. Well done Baz!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Crooke on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have recently read this autobiography and I must say I think it is the best "footy" book that I have read.
It is not ghost written, as most are nowadays and the book runs at a fast pace with many stories- all varied but equally hilarious and it really does highlight how the games has evolved since the sky money took over. He comes across as a humble man who has never forgotten where he came from and judging by the comments by his peers is both loved and well respected.
He has served in more or less every aspect of football and all the different levels and his comments are both intelligent and very insightful.I bought this book because I am an avid Evertonian but would suggest any fan would enjoy this wonderful adventure......I would rate this book higher than the Steve Claridge book and the Tony Cascarino book, both of which i also rated highly.
Well done Baz and thanks for the read!!!
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