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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965846
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,213 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Robinson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 11 Oct. 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2010
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gooner1 on 7 Sept. 2010
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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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