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John Sweeney
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2 May 2012
This is no hagiography. Irreverent, hilarious and surprising, Rooney s Gold is a tarts-and-all biography of England s most famous sportsman and the iniquities of some of those who have sought their pound of flesh. This is the story of a boy from the mean streets of broken Britain few streets meaner than Croxteth in Liverpool lifted out of poverty by his footballing genius to play for Manchester United and England. Wayne Rooney can be bad-tempered and he can use bad language, but there s no doubting his passion for the beautiful game - and a basic, street-level sense of fair play. Rough, working class, surrounded by an unlikely crew including a controversial agent, a crooked lawyer, tarts and gangsters - Rooney s Gold looks at the characters who have been attracted to the fabulous money Rooney gets for kicking a pig s bladder around a field. Some of them have tainted his gold. However, in the wake of a disastrous World Cup 2010, further tabloid revelations of his paying prostitutes for sex, and the comically unedifying spectacle of his grotesque contract negotiations with Manchester United in October 2010, that Rooney is perfectly capable of tarnising his own gold.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing; Updated edition (2 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540711
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Sweeney is one of the BBC s top investigative journalists.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rooney's World 8 Jun 2010
'Rooney's Gold' is an insightful book on how money that is produced from and in the elusive and exclusive world of football, keeps it spinning-come what may. It is an accessible read for the masses (even non-football fans like myself could understand the book) and the references to British culture and commentary on celebrity-worshipping in England were interestingly described. The timing of the release of this book cannot be better given the World Cup in South Africa is now underway and Wayne Rooney is under the spotlight as England and the rest of the world place high hopes on him to deliver and be the 'goal-scoring machine' many claim him to be. Sweeney's insights into the British world of football through a study of Wayne Rooney and the people in his life, make this book not a typical rags-to-riches story but a sharp and humorous social comment on a society that contributes and sustains 'Rooney's Gold'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly frank 12 Jun 2010
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All manner of people won't like this book, not least Wayne Rooney himself, but I found it insightful, candid and written with plenty of humour.

To be fair, Rooney emerges from it pretty well: the author is no knee-jerk snob intent on caricaturing him as nothing but a mouthy chav. But many of those connected with Wayne's story (and his gold) veer from the merely ridiculous, via the thoroughly unpleasant to the downright dangerous. It could, it must be said, almost certainly be about any player at Rooney's level (not that there ARE many players at such a level) and inevitably has a lot to say about the media and press, the state of the game, the society in which we live and more. In many ways it's the antidote to his authorised autobiography.

John Sweeney may be best known for 'throwing a wobbly' in a Panorama expose of Scientologists which was so clumsy that it almost (but not quite) made you want to side with them, but here he has come up trumps. How Hunter Davies, roundly criticised for ghosting Wayne's heavily-sanitised life-story, must envy him!

There is a superb analogy near the beginning comparing writing authorised biographies (or ghosting authorised autobiographies) with being embedded in a military unit at a time of war: you get complete access but you're not allowed to write anything interesting. How true that seems to be these days! This book represents the reverse of that - no access to Wayne or anyone in his camp but a far more interesting read for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any footie fan! 12 July 2010
The media powers-that-be tried to squash this book with legal threats, delaying publication.

Find out why! Buy & read!

A must for any Rooney, ManU or plain-old footie fan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rooneys GOLD 7 Jun 2010
A fantastic insight into the world of the football underworld which as a football fan i always figured exsisted. This book confirms what i believed to be true. An easy read because the author truly understands the story he has written and clearly is very passionate about the subject. I understand that Rooney's GOLD came in for some criticism recently, but the criticism was totally off the mark of what the book is about. I would highly recomend this as a must read for any true football fan out there.
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