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4.0 out of 5 stars High finance and political intrigue within the RFU - interesting & unique.
A different sporting autobiography. Different because of it's complexity. Halliday tells his story from different angles; a player involved in rugby union, amateur to International level, a professional employed by the RFU and a financier working in the City during the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He lets rip at rugby union and the world of business in equal measure and...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Work / Life Happenings
I found this book a little dis-jointed, rambling and lacking depth. To be fair it was never intended to be an autobiography, but to try and cover a rugby career, the personal impact of the banking crash, the politics of the RFU and include personal traumas this book failed. A clear demonstration that all these significant and interesting areas cannot be covered in such a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars High finance and political intrigue within the RFU - interesting & unique., 23 July 2014
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This review is from: City Centre (Paperback)
A different sporting autobiography. Different because of it's complexity. Halliday tells his story from different angles; a player involved in rugby union, amateur to International level, a professional employed by the RFU and a financier working in the City during the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He lets rip at rugby union and the world of business in equal measure and is incredibly candid about both. After reading the book I think I'm right in saying Simon Halliday has an 'in and out' tray and you're either in one or the other...there's no room for the middle line.

So; City Centre isn't a muck and bullets player autobiography and is much more a 'warts and all' account of two businesses, RFU and the world of high finance as seen by a man directly involved and properly placed to see both from the inside. Neither come out with a particularly rosy glow. His time at Lehman Brothers is intriguing and very well set out. The tales of the RFU are gripping but didn't really come as a great surprise. The RFU usually stagger away from opposition and crisis reasonably intact which is more than can be said for Lehman Brothers whose collapse led to financial crisis. Halliday displays a great deal of passion towards both.

Halliday has his favourites, Clive Woodward and Jack Rowell are at the top of his list with Jerry Guscott following close behind. His time at Bath and Quin's is well documented and he's generous in detail when it comes to his assessment of other senior players, his time within the RFU and his current business and private life.

This is not a run of the mill rugby autobiography. If you're expecting scraps, scrapes and speculation then you're in for disappointment. If you're happy to read an interesting, insightful account of rugby as a business running alongside the wranglings of high finance in the City you'll probably enjoy it.

My negative would be; a man in this position could write something 'explosive' about the world of rugby or the world of finance. In some ways Halliday gives as much as he can but, for his own reasons, he doesn't go anywhere near as far as I think he could. Leaves the book a little flat and grey in places.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Work / Life Happenings, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: City Centre (Paperback)
I found this book a little dis-jointed, rambling and lacking depth. To be fair it was never intended to be an autobiography, but to try and cover a rugby career, the personal impact of the banking crash, the politics of the RFU and include personal traumas this book failed. A clear demonstration that all these significant and interesting areas cannot be covered in such a manner. He quite clearly has had a very interesting life and has benefited from his natural talent and hard work,that many people have been fortunate to see, however, he also has been extremely lucky.I consider this book an opportunity missed by Halliday. The main benefit for me is that the charities he so admirably supports may have gained some benefit from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Targets both Rugby and the City with verve and some venom, 27 Dec 2013
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This is a really good book that reviews his time at Bath RFC/England as it soared to the top of club rugby and in the City of London, that was similarly transformed into a far more dynamic entity at pretty much the same time. Both changes brought in different behaviours and quite a lot of it pretty ugly stuff at senior management levels, as Simon details with some venom. He also describes the infighting in the England rugby set up and blows the bloody doors off that little lot, too. I read it over one weekend and felt as though I had been at the bottom of one of the rucks that he describes....pre video-ref days. If you've been in Club rugby or the City you'll definitely get a lot out of it. If you've done both then even more so and you'll appreciate Simon's observations on the difference between the team ethos and the dog eat dog one. Bruising.
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