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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330461303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330461306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Genuinely compelling reading...The book is his eloquent response.' -- Independent

About the Author

Peter Ridsdale is a former chairman of Leeds United, and is currently chairman of Cardiff City F.C. A former owner of Barnsley FC, he rescued them from folding after dropping from the Premier League to Division Two. He was formerly deputy chairman of Cardiff City F.C., who recruited him to help with their new stadium project, and was appointed chairman in October 2006.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RogerDeeLUFC on 6 Nov. 2007
I'm a Leeds fan who's never subscribed to the scapegoating of Ridsdale. We were all in it together, urging him on to put more coal on the fire of the "juggernaut" (his words) and never stop. Football is about Roy of the Rovers dreams (his words, again) and he financed those dreams. Hindsight brings us all a wisdom we were blind to at the time - and then we look for someone to blame. This book is partially wisdom in hindsight. But it's much more than that. Like the other reviewer, I couldn't put it down. It was like living the dream all over again but, this time, seeing what was happening behind the scenes, like one of those documentaries. This is an enlightening read that shines a light on the decisions, the manager's office and the boardroom with an account that will be forever open to judgement. He's honest, and you can tell he's beaten himself up over the ruination of his club. But, whatever your views on him, I defy any Leeds not to enjoy this read, and feel the same triumphs and injustices all over again. We didn't just live a dream, we lived a soap opera, and we'll keep 'Marching On Together', forever more. We'll be back.
Fascinating story. Great footie book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 'Stupot' on 6 Nov. 2007
He knows, of course, why we hate him, is how this surprisingly good book starts, and you wonder whether he's after the sympathy vote. Oh God, here we go, I thought, as I persevered through the first few pages. Then, you end a galloping read, and another surprise hits you: that you actually do feel some sympathy, as well as pity, for the man. How badly he got it all so wrong, and yet how badly he wanted to get it right. But he got drunk on his own success. There's no doubt that the 'Ridsdale Years' provide a compelling story. You forget what we went through as a club at that time and he's right about one thing: the "indomitable spirit" of the Leeds fan. Ridsdale has written it well (if only he was so competent as chairman!) and he evokes the magical atmosphere of Elland Road. He perhaps veers into defensive mode a little too much for my liking, making an argument as if he were pleading an alibi. But his bleatings don't interrupt the flow of the story too much, and, after some vaccuous football autobiographies of late, this is a book Leeds fans will find hard not to get wrapped up in. Hey, you can always burn it afterwards!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oaksey on 4 Nov. 2007
To my eternal shame and personal disgust, I actually LIKED this book. I bought it with a cynicism and with dubious thoughts about the much-loathed author, and expected a pile of self-indulgent, pass-the-buck rubbish. Then, seven hours after being unable to put it down, I realised that this is a story that every Leeds fans in love with the club must read. And we don't need to line Publicity Pete's pockets by doing so - all royalties, he promises, are going to St Gemma's Hospice. This is a book that will stir the memories, the anger and despair all over again, reminding us all of some brilliant times, and the mess Ridsdale and Co left behind. For the first time, we get the full picture of what really happened at Elland Road: the good, the bad and the ugly. It's a journey that makes for riveting reading and, as much as we hate the guy, this is an important contribution to our history. Ridsdale comes across as incompetent, niave and a coward in not standing upto O'Leary more. But he also comes across as someone who genuinely loved Leeds, and made it all go wrong by acting like a bafoon. In this life story, he tells how he cheated on his first two wives, and messed up those marriages. In the same way, he cheated on us, too, and messed up his marriage with the club. I'm sorry to say that this is a book that I could read again and when I'm feeling nostalgic for the good times to return, I probably will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Heath on 31 Dec. 2007
I approached this book with the lowest expectations, anticipating a long, self-justifying whinge. I was surprised to find it captivating and very convincing. I regret to say that I had thoughtlessly climbed on the Hindsight Bandwagon and had previously blamed Ridsdale for the wrecking of our great club. Call me naive and gullible if you like, but after reading this, I think that Ridsdale always did his best for the club, and, crucially, the collapse hinged on factors (the collapse in the transfer market + duplicity and selfishness of the likes of O'Leary & Bowyer) which he could not have been expected to anticipate and over which he had no control. Overall, the book is a rattling good read, and brings back many conflicting memories of an amazing and glorious few years. And to the redmanc reviewer who somehow got his totally inappropriate comments past the editors of these pages..............you can sit at Old Trafford every week munching your prawn sandwiches while you watch Rio and his chums just about stirring themselves enough to be bothered to beat Middlesbrough 2-1. but you will never know the thrill and excitement we had that night in the San Siro..............a thrill and excitement for which I personally will forever be grateful to Peter Ridsdale for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flickster Burns on 19 Nov. 2007
If you liked Damned United, you like this offering from damned Ridsdale.
Only this dream-to-nightmare account is no fiction; it's laid out in full, absorbing detail as a true horror account of what goes wrong when the dream fails. It's a cracking, pacy read that doesn't need the brilliance of Dave Peace to examine the mind of Publicity Pete. He does that on his own, laying out his niave worship to his flaws and weaknesses to his self-hate and then delayed introspection, against a back-cloth of tumult at Elland Road. This is a must-read for all Leeds fans. My only criticism is the title. A more apt one might have been 'Ruined United'.
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