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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
A brilliant read, I bought it as a Hibs supporter, one of the (many!) teams Budgie played for. The man is one sandwich short of a picnic but the stories in it are great. He is one of the big characters of football, when I was growing up I remember him sitting on his crossbar during games at Palace and playing in goal wearing his superman outfit at Wolves. Eccentric doesn't come close, I have to say I suspect he wouldn't last 5 minutes in the modern game but its a shame, he understood that fans paid to be entertained. I like sports biographies but often you find they struggle for material, this one is overflowing with great stories. 5 star. Budgie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2013
Okay book, a little bit like Harry Rednapp, he never seems to let the facts get in the way of a good story. Dates and times seem to merge and as pointed out in earlier reviews, incidents could not have taken place as players were not at the clubs. He did some things in his career that I would consider disgusting and then expects sympathy from the reader when it comes back to haunt him later in his career. It seems to gloss over a lot of things and periods of time such as 5 years seem to go by in about 2 pages. The editing is average two as on the first pages it said he was born in 1961 and then the following one talking about ending his career in at 47, which would have been 2008. Overall, it was entertaining enough but because of the amount of mistakes it is almost a work of fiction.
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on 13 May 2013
I grew up watching mid to late 90's Premiership Football in New Zealand so obviously I had no clue who Budgie was. I was surprised that I had never heard of him because I've read numerous football biographies of 'cult footballers'. After reading a few reviews I invested a hard-earned 1 pound and 52 p for a second copy of this book (postage here was about 10 times the amount that the book cost). To cut a long story short, the book has some great yarns and reminds me of the good old days when footballers were down to earth characters that you could relate to. The book doesn't seem to have gone to paperback yet which is a shame because it deserves more exposure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2012
Enjoyed this book very much. Well written, informative and John Burridge's story was told very well. I would recommend this book to any football fan, particularly anyone who has seen him play.
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on 26 August 2013
Highly enjoyable book from a pro who played at the highest levels for 20 years and in some ways represents a history of the game leading into the modern premiership era.

One thing that stands out is that Budgie somewhat wasted his peak years in struggling teams like Wolves & Palace, in dispute at QPR or outside the top flight. His best years were at a time when England had a host of high quality keepers and it is a shame he didn't get a regular place at a top club.
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on 2 April 2013
as a hibs fan this book brought a smile to my face as budgie confirmed my suspicions about alex millers managerial skills...the fight in the dressing room at motherwell was the confirmation of everything we always treated as a bit of a myth...he really does give miller a doing and murdo has to batter him over the head with a half brick mobile phone to get him off the manager...cracking read with an honesty lacking in many footballers biographies...buy it if your a hibby
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on 12 February 2014
I am a Newcastle fan and remember Budgie getting up to all sorts at the Toon. He was loved and obviously loved his time with us. Its clear he is obsessed with the game and in particular being a Goalie, plenty ups and downs in a long long career. A really good read and the Character comes off the page.
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on 10 February 2014
Budgie has a unique way in life and this comes across in the book. Fans of clubs he played for will remember his antics fondly. The strength of the book is his candid views on the clubs he played for and to remember the players he played with and the managers of his clubs. A good read.
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on 26 October 2012
A pleasant read especially if, like me, you supported one of the teams that John played a lot of football at. Yes, he was quirky but he was also a great keeper and moral booster. Read it for an insight into football 60's and 70's. Very different today, me thinks!
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on 3 September 2013
Buddies recollections are most enjoyable. Some facts are wrong he can't have saved from Sheared for man city in 94/95 as he didn't sign for Newcastle until 96. Even he and Andy Grey differ in their stories of their first meeting.
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