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True Storey: My Life and Crimes as a Football Hatchet Man [Hardcover]

Peter Storey
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2 Sep 2010

True Storey is the compelling autobiography of notorious 1970s football legend Peter Storey, dubbed 'the bastard's bastard', who gained a reputation for ultra-violence on the pitch and had a capacity to find even greater trouble off it - a fact borne out by a string of criminal convictions and several jail sentences.

A key member, as their midfield enforcer, of the resilient Arsenal team that won the European Fairs Cup followed by the cherished Double in 1970-71, Storey was a confirmed ladies' man who loved a drink. In the mid-'70s, Storey's pub, the Jolly Farmers in Islington, became a magnet for north London villains and he rubbed shoulders with Great Train Robber Tommy Wisbey and Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks, Britain's biggest drug smuggler.

Storey talks candidly about the crimes he committed and the spells in prison that blighted his life. He reveals the truth about his feud with George Best and relays an astonishing account of how Bertie Mee tried to make him miss the 1971 FA Cup final against Bill Shankly's Liverpool side because the Arsenal manager wanted Eddie Kelly to start instead.

Today, Peter is an elusive character but a man transformed and at ease with life. Only now does he feel the circumstances are right to set the record straight and tell his side of a remarkable True Storey.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965846
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superb. Equally contrite and confrontational, Storey opens up on playing, drinking and going to jail, demonstrating an excellent turn of phrase right from page one" (FourFourTwo)

"Storey's interesting, sobering book is a cautionary tale for all players to make the right choices of friends and investments" (Henry Winter Daily Telegraph)

"If you want a really entertaining book, read Peter Storey's autobiography" (John Motson, BBC Radio Five Live)

"Highly readable" (The Herald)

"Powerful and honest" (When Saturday Comes)

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An irresistible, rip-roaring football-cum-crime autobiography that comes with an added twist of redemption

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only. 10 May 2011
It is often written that the current Arsenal team do not have a leader. If only Peter Storey were in that team now they would need to look no more. I well remember my years at the "clock" end at Highbury witnessing a man who gave everything for the Arsenal team and demanded the same from his colleagues and let them know it in his own determined way. I had the great pleasure of meeting Peter on many occasions at the Jolly Farmers,the Islington pub that Peter describes as the " beginning of the end", I can assure you that despite his no-nonsense approach to the game, he was a true gentleman and quite shy. I hope he enjoys a long, healthy and peaceful retirement. This book has helped me in mine.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but Fair 1 Oct 2010
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I am no Arsenal supporter, but was alerted to this book by `Best of Times, Worst of Times' in the Sunday Times Sports section. Whereas this item usually fails to live up to its title, I was surprised to learn how ex- Arsenal and England defender Peter Storey had `gone off the rails'. Having taken an interest in the England line-up since 1966, I recall Storey beginning his stint with England but did not take to him because - get this - I didn't like his long, straggly version of the early 70s hairstyle (particularly in evidence in one of the b&w photos in the book)! Here the negatives end, as Storey proves honest about past mistakes, without whingeing or becoming over-apologetic. You can almost see Storey and his co-author thumbing through past results, although this makes the work quite thorough, and Storey's recall of many matches is good. Although I at first found the book slimmer than expected, I had just about begun to tire of Arsenal results when the England section kicked in. Storey's troubled post-Arsenal times are confined near the back of the book, and I foolishly read these first. Storey does not really say whether the gangster types he ran across actually intimidated him. I was amazed to hear that he had later been convicted of `running a br*th*l, but feel that this is an OTT description for what actually happened. Overall, Storey admits to having been lucky in life, but I feel that he may be being unfair to himself. He generally presents fair, balanced - even generous - views of other players, including bitter rivals. Storey comes across as a hard-working pro, prepared to sweat his butt off for his one true club, as a result of which we are on his side for much of the book. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By gooner1
i have heard loads about Peter Storey not just from his football antics but his off the field stuff as well

so when i heard he bought out this Autobiography i was delighted as he has never truely given his side to the story,a great read all the way though from his Arsenal days under Billy Wright to the glory days of 1971,an a great insight into what it was like playing against the one and only George Best and also playing under the great Sir Alf Ramsey for England,he gives a good account off when he got into trouble with the law and how he rebuilt his life after going bankrupt
a truely great read
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Storey of a footballers downfall 17 Oct 2010
There was a time when every football team had its hard man, a player whose main responsibility was not to play football but to stop the other team playing football. People like Tommy Smith, Ron Harris, Norman Hunter, Nobby Stiles have become almost legendary names particularly now that the powers that be seem hell -bent on turning football into a non contact sport. One other player that should be high up on any list of football enforcers is Peter Storey, who although now best known for his criminal activities, was a vital component of Arsenal's double winning team of 1971. Although possessing more skill than he was often credited with, he was at his best stopping opposing forwards with cold, ruthless efficiency.

It is this coldness that came across most strongly for me when I read this autobiography. He appears to be a man with little sentiment, someone whose lack of feeling has meant that many of his personal relationships have ended in acrimony. This is perhaps best illustrated when he admits that he hasn't a clue when it was that he first got married and that he has never shown any interest whatsoever in his daughter Natalie.

This lack of sentiment works to our advantage though, when he writes about his playing days because his account of his long career at Arsenal is not written by someone who views that time through rose coloured glasses. His analytical recounting of the up & downs of Arsenals fortunes in the sixties and seventies is excellent and I found the stories of his run-ins with manager Bertie Mee to be particularly interesting as were his thoughts on the transfer of Alan Ball from Everton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve 11 Oct 2012
By Steve
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As a long time Arsenal fan with fond memories of the 1970-71 season I was keen to read this. Peter Storey was a popular figure with the fans and like Frank Mc Lintock, (see his book True Grit )the reasons that Arsenal did not go on to further success after that double year are duly explored. Whilst the sides of more recent years played a more expansive game there has been many times I have recalled the dogged team spirit shown by the Arsenal then, that has been lacking in the overpaid stars of today.

Storey speaks openly about his times at Arsenal and England (he won 19 caps under Sir Alf )and of the problems that beset him when his playing days came to an end. He makes no excuses for the mistakes he made and despite the adverse publicity it comes thru of how proud he was to wear the red and white of Arsenal and also playing for his country. He
played many games for Arsenal and was always one never to shirk a tackle, sometimes a bit too fierce, not allowed in today's game ! As a club high on tradition I am not sure the players of that era are given enough credit so I encourage all Arsenal fans to buy a copy of this book and recall a time when players wanted to play for the pleasure of playing and not for the obscene amounts of money on offer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: True Storey
I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book to any dedicated football fan whether they followed Arsenal, Fulham or any team.
Published 2 months ago by Shaun Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars true story told by a legend
A great read. reminded me of the good old days of the 70s. 70/71 aged 10. we need another peter storey now.
Published 2 months ago by dave laplain
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out from the crowd
I've read a fair few autobiographies from players who played around the same time as Peter Storey but to be honest I don't think I've come across one that was so easy to get in to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Retroaddict
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
S**** I hated it what . A waste of 2 hours Don't bother complete Nd utter trash and a pack of dog crap
Published 4 months ago by marie jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading........
Peter Storey was my childhood hero and I'd always wondered 'why' well this book has answered all the questions and more. Definitely worth reading......
Published 6 months ago by ilter tabak
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Storey
Superb read,Peter tells his side of things on his life after football,which was tough times and how he came through it.Arsenal days are a compelling read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert Mark Meharry
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband's book
He said it was absolutely brilliant. It was a book for the holiday so was very quickly read and enjoyed.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs E Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Storey Autobiography-A brief review
A brilliant read, Peter Storey did not hold back in telling the truth or make any excuses for any of his mis-demeanours. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Glen Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
it is a gift for someone who knew him and I know he will enjoy it as its a ^warts and all biography.
Published 15 months ago by Sue Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back a lot of memories
I have never known my husband get through a book so quickly. He loved this book. It brough back a lot of memories of his days at highbury. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. G. Streeter
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