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oh what a disappointment
on 28 July 2009
A Liverpool fan since 1963, I bought this book in anticipation of a warm stroll down memory lane, but also expecting to be riveted, at least occasionally, with some revelations. When are footballers ever going to realise readers are now brought up on a diet of intelligent, intuitive, informative reporting (eg Glanville, Macinstry, Mcilvanney, ... as well as a host of auto biographers such as any number of past and modern day cricketers and rugby union players)?
Ok the book is decent enough with regard to its chronological reportage of Tommy`s career, and joyishly retraces many victories both home and abroad, but it fails oh so miserably in the presentation (maybe it was aimed at the youth of today?) language. If you are looking for in depth behind the scenes revelations you will be sorely disappointed. Yes I was intrigued as to why Emlyn Hughes was so unpopular within the club, but instead of concentrating fully on such an important aspect of the club`s dressing room back biting, mention is barely beyond fleeting.
Tommy was a fierce, 100%, warring hero for Liverpool who gave outstanding on the line service in the red shirt, and for that, we as LFC fans will be eternally grateful. ..... But oh what a comparatively sad contrast to his penmanship. An outstanding opportunity to reveal the hidden secrets from the intimate perspective of a guy who spent some 18 years at the club was sadly missed in this generally lukewarm offering.
Would I recommend you to read it? YES, ... but you may come away, like I did, feeling somewhat disappointed in what was NOT said.