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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration, 22 Feb. 2006
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John Evans (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Maine Man: The Tony Book Story (Hardcover)
My title would have been 'You've been Booked'.
Everyone reaching their 32nd Birthday, should read 'Maine Man'. For that's how old this former bricklayer was, when he played 1st Division football for the first time. An age when many of today's 'Stars' are hanging their boots up.
Book went on to play in the top flight for another 7 years, picking up Division One, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners Cup medals along the way. In fact, he tells us of his regret of being persuaded to retire too early at 39!
For a brief spell, City with Book, were top dogs in Manchester.
I particularly liked the chapters dealing with life as a part timer in the 'non' and lower leagues.
Tony Book (Football's Corporal Jones) is still loved by City fans, and was arguably one of the best full backs never to have been selected for his country.
Here a story of an honest, uncomplicated and totally loyal, family man, paid (by today's standards) a pittance both as a player and later as a manager. How he must laugh at the antics of today's cosseted and overpaid 'Idols'.
The similarities in character between Book and the current City manager, Stuart Pearce are uncanny.
Despite being shortchanged, and finally 'dumped' by Manchester City. The book contains no character assassinations or exposes. Instead a kind word for everybody, almost. And this from a player who was 'as hard as nails'.
'Maine Man' includes anecdotes about City's Stars and 'Cheeky Chappies'. Players who 'slotted in', and those that didn't. Anyone who likes football will enjoy the read, particularly the advice he received from Sir Matt Busby, a gem.
The end of the book surprises us by showing the kindness of many individuals. For some of whom, we may previously had less than generous thoughts.
It is a riveting read. A must for City fans of all ages, but particularly 32 year olds', for whom it should be an inspiration, whatever team (if any)they support.
'Maine Man' shows talent will out, if backed by endeavour (and maybe a smile from Dame Fortune).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tony Book Story - Man City Dream, 26 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: Maine Man: The Tony Book Story (Hardcover)
Excellent Roy of the Rovers type story, from too old to play professional football to be one of the most successful city captains and then managers ever.
Interesting incite into behind the scenes football - a different and worthwhile football story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book covers everything about the great man, it takes you from his humble beginnings ..., 5 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Maine Man: The Tony Book Story (Hardcover)
Tony Book was born to play football, this book covers everything about the great man, it takes you from his humble beginnings at. Peasedown Miners, Frome Town, Bath City, Plymouth Argyle, and finely on 20th July 1966 Manchester City, for the price of £17,500, The book Main Man, gives us a great insight on his playing career from start to finish. A great and loyal player for Manchester City, a great read about a great player.
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