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Clayton Brown "orthopod" (Auckland, New Zealand)

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Robbo: My Autobiography
Robbo: My Autobiography
by Bryan Robson
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Marvel on pitch only, 24 May 2006
I have been a lifelong supporter of Bryan Robson; he was my boyhood idol, and unequivocally one of Manchester United and England's best ever captains. The most telling statistic in this regard is how Manchester United and England frequently won when he played, and frequently lost when he didn't. He also straddles several unique eras in football; from the "smash and bash" 70's, through to the Ron Atkinson era in the 80's, and on to the reign of Ferguson and the coming of Cantona and then the advent of the premier league as we know it today.

The trouble is, the story is just not told with as much colour as one would have expected, given the talent in the cast of characters he was writing about. All the details of the relevant games are there, but not enough of what was going on and being said on the training ground is there. This is the material we all want to hear - the interpersonal relationships between different players and managers. There is just not enough of it, and alot of what there is is treated in too bland a fashion. The matter of his being dropped from the 1994 FA Cup final, and realistically Manchester United for good, was dealt with in a couple of paragraphs, and then it was "on with management". I just believe there must have been alot more emotion than this at that time - what conversations did he have with Ferguson at the time and before that?But there is no mention, apart from a couple of flippant sentences about disappointment.

So to me, this is what the book lacks - Robson was a legend on the field, a colourful, aggressive vibrant character. But unfortunately, he comes across as very bland and colourless off it. I think this is a real shame.

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