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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Highdown; New Ed edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905156367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156368
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "crammed with anecdotes... life-enhancing" Daily Telegraph * "an intriguing read" FourFourTwo"

About the Author

Alan Brazil was a highly successful professional footballer for Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Coventry, QPR and Scotland. He now presents the award-winning Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT radio. Mike Parry is a colleague of Alan's on talkSPORT and was a newspaper executive in Fleet Street.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
i thought this book was one of the worst sporting biographies I have ever read,which I was surprised at bearing in mind it was written by the talented Mike Parry.However I guess there is only so much you can write about someone and his drinking exploits. The guy seems to pride himself on his ability to get freebies and the amount of alcohol he can drink....well congratulations on being successful at both those pursuits but I'm afraid the bookwritng has failed miserably.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Northern Baggies on 25 July 2007
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This is tedious repetitive stuff. Apart from a couple of chapters from his playing days and his time at Celtic this is a pretty bland effort. There is a limit on describing how many times you have drunk champagne with "Porky" and the hilarious "anecdotes" are pretty laboured. At times its a bit like listening to David Brent's admiration for Finchy.

Mickey Quinn did this subject much better a couple of years ago. Save your money for a pint. The bad news is that his second book is supposed to be even worse....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Siberian Spireite on 4 Jan. 2009
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It seems Brazil bet Parry he could not write a book with the words 'champagne' or 'bubbly' on every page for the first two thirds of the book, and Parry won the wager.

If you do read this book, skip to the part where Alan finally starts talking about his football career, and how he rightly took on a former youth coach in court. The chapter or two about Ipswich, Spurs and Man U are worth a look. However, forget the first few chapters, which ram home the point that Alan Brazil drinks champagne at every opportunity, and which say little else.

Pity really, as I love his breakfast show and shall continue to listen wth pleasure.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dean Mitchell on 6 Nov. 2006
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As a talk sport listener and ITFC fan I took no convincing in buying this great book. It reads as if Alan is presenting his show and is very funny at times. It was very interesting to see why he lost his job there and how we all got him reinstated. Dont ever let him go again as he is MR TalkSport. The order of stories were strange at times and I wish there had been more about Ipswich Town and beating the yellow peril. This is a perfect book for a holiday or a long flight (On Singapore Airlines of course!!!).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DONJAUN on 18 Oct. 2007
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The queston that needs to be asked is why is this book written by mega-bore Mike Parry,who just happens to be Brazils boss.It reads like the Mike Parry version of Brazils life not his own.Its as if Parry wrote it and showed it to Brazil the day before it was published.The first chapter makes you want to throw up,its all about Brazil being fired by guess who?Yes you have guessed it MikeParry. How can Parry be objective about one of his own employees?.And there is only so much you can take reading about all his freebies(does he ever pay for anything?) and getting drunk.Instead of criticizing Brazils huge alcohol intake Parry just encourages it,its all one big laugh. Will Alan Brazil be writing Mike Parrys book?

This really is a wasted opportunity.There is a decent story to be told about why a promising career went downhill after he left Ipswich especially the two moves to Man Utd and Spurs which were nothing short of a disaster, but get a decent writer to write it not someone with the writing skills of a two year old.Someone who is willing to tell Brazil"s story warts and all.As Brazil would say save your money and buy yourself a bottle of wine. Very disappointing.
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By Paul Farrer on 28 Sept. 2013
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Great. Read for talk sport fans. Brazil at his best with Porky along for company and entertainment value. A master team at work and play.
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By cuttyian29 on 14 May 2013
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Good book would have liked more stuff from Alan's playing days but overall an entertaining book with some good anecdotes
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Odozi on 3 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you like football and like being a socializer you will love this book. The stories in the book are funny and are told in an honest way.

This is one of the best books I have read and would read it again.
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