Ian Redford wrote this himself apparently. At times that shows. A good editor would have told him to lay off the exclamation marks for a start. That's the most irritating part of this book. But there are good parts, very good parts. The way in which Ian tells with unflinching honesty of the premature death of his young brother and the impact that had on his parents and family is unusual and utterly refreshing. I remember Ian as a cultured and fine footballer who had a fine career but never reached the absolute summit of the game. I never gave it a thought as to why that was the case. Read this and the possible reasons become clear. Frank, unflinching and utterly heart rending at times I recommend this to Rangers, Dundee, Dundee United and Scottish football fans of the 80s.
I began reading the book wondering if I'd like it or not because to be honest I'm no football fan, but I was surprised at how quickly Ian enticers the reader to join him on his journey through his childhood, (feel his heartache after the tragic loss of a much loved brother) the early years of his football career and the highs and lows of being a popular and much sort after Scottish footballer. So although I'm no fan of the game, you don't need to be a devoted follower of football to enjoy this book, it's an eye opener and insight in to when football was a game of skill played by men and not like today where they throw themselves onto the ground hoping for a free kick!! Ian's book will take you on an emotional roller-coaster of his early life through to the present day.
I would recommend this book to friends, family or any lover of football...
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a book but just could not put it down .Ian Redford is an inspiration to anyone fighting to succeed when given no chance through hearing disability. He has overcome personal tragedy and comes across as just a normal family man such a tonic in contrast to others in his former profession
very informative read of a local lad who reached the top of his profession under the strain of a troubled family life.i enjoyed the details and honesty of the book and its a great biography which does not paint a glossy picture as so many other sporting books are guilty of doing.and highly recommend
Fascinating, revealing and deeply poignant throughout. And best of all, actually written in Ian's own words. Which means it may not be Shakespeare, but it is Ian Redford, and perhaps helps us understand a little more about this complex and talented man, who left us way too early.
Love this book, obviously ultimate outcome for Ian very very sad, but he has left us with an excellent memorial. Hopefully it can also let all of us understand a little more around the tragic implications of depression and how it really can affect just about anyone...
Great read used to watch Ian Redford playing for Glasgow Rangers and he was a magnificent player never respected the problems he had off the park very refreshing to hear Ian being so honest about the managers he played under during his career. Good luck in future Ian
recent events have overtaken this book,however it recalls Ian's and his peers time when Scottish teams could match the best from the rest of Europe. It also details,without self pity, his own struggles with deafness and life struggles he overcame with some style