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Left foot forward
on 13 September 2007
Written in diary form,this is Garry Nelson's account of the 1994-95 season,playing for Charlton Athletic in the second tier of English football,the old Division One.
Written with witt and intelligence,Garry paints an accurate picture of what it is like to be a professional footballer outside of the glamour and lifestyle of that of a Premiership star.
The long journeys,the injuries,being out of the team and playing with the 'stiffs',contract issues,all covered in some detail here and you learn more about what it is really like being a professional footballer with this read than you would reading an autobiography of some superstar International that is made for life playing for one of the 'big boys'.
The only problem is,if like me you like to read one of these books that dishes the dirt and tells of training ground bust ups and fall outs with managers ect,then this may dissappoint as Garry Nelson is far too intelligent for any of that sort of stuff.
A good read and worthy of it's shortlisting for the William Hill sports book of the year and will appeal to most football fans,especially those of Charlton Athletic.