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Take Note! Darren Anderton: The Autobiography with Mike Donovan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2011
Bought this book because I remember watching Anderton during Euro 96 and World Cup 98. Lots in here that I didn't know about what happened behind the scenes both at Spurs and in the England camp. Well written and honest.
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on 3 September 2013
The book was sitting on my shelf for over a year(I have a backlog) but once started I finished this in two and a half days.

I'll declare an interest as I met Darren briefly a couple of times while he was still playing, through my cousins other half, but I'm a big football fan, and Darren's account of Euro 96 and the 98 world cup brought back memories - good & bad! Was Euro 96 really 17 years ago??!! damn where does the time go, we were all young back then!

Skinner and Baddiels Three Lions being sung by 80,000 at Wembley, beating Scotland, Gazza, and the dentist chair celebration, losing to Germany on penalties (96), Michael Owen coming through onto the scene, Becks sending off and losing to Argentina on penalties (98) Hoddles endorsement of faith healer Eileen Drewery, dropping gazza from the squad, and his subsequent sacking from the England job after comments about the disabled.All covered in the book.

The 12 years at spurs chart his signing under Venables, playing under Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Christian Gross(!) George Graham, Hoddle and Pleat, as well as playing alongside Teddy Sheringham, Klinsman, Sol Campbell, Ben Thatcher and many more, winning the 99 league cup - stopping Man United doing the QUADRUPLE! - plus clashing with chairman Alan Sugar over contracts, injuries, physios and newspaper leaks! Really fascinating stuff.

This book will mostly interest spurs fans, but he also played briefly for Birmingham and Wolves, before finishing his career at Bournemouth, so over his career playing in all four divisions, so with the international stuff thrown in it is a really good book for football fans in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2012
I bought this as a Tottenham fan who wanted to know some more about Darren Anderton.
I found myself skipping through chunks of the book until i found some interesting bits.
The most revealing aspect of this book is about the sheer level of injuries he picked up, and the awful level of medical care he received at Tottenham, which clearly affected his fitness and recovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
Excellent reading, well written, explained alot of things especially when he was injured so much at Spurs, well recommend this.
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on 16 September 2014
A must read for every Spurs supporter thought the author captured the real Darren Anderton
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I liked Anderton as a player and thought the whole Sicknote tag was a bit unfair, but I thought he would have at least had a bit of a sense of humour about it by now! He hasn't. His relentless moaning and being 'outraged' becomes boring.

Also dreadfully patronising in places. "I played with Teddy Sheringham, who went on to win the treble with Manchester United" - yes Darren, we all know that. And we know you liked playing with him.

That said, his thoughts on Hoddle and the whole England set up are interesting and it is quite sad when the realisation hit him he wanted to retire.

Worth a read, but there are better and more interesting biographies out there.
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Brilliant thank you
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2013
This book is excelent. I admire Darren Anderton as a footballer and as a person.He was, he is and he would be the best footballer in the whole world.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2013
this book was for a pressent for my son at xmas witch he was very pleased with could not buy in shops
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