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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling book by this popular and talented striker, 27 April 2002
This review is from: Tales From The Boot Camps (Paperback)
It's such a nice and refreshing change to read a book on the subject of football that's not all to do with high-flying clubs, rich players and tycoons. This is about a 'real' footballer. Whereas most people are happy to read about the great lifestyle players like Beckham have, I'm much more interested in the nitty-gritty life of the footballer, the one that maybe reaches the Premiership one day, but on the whole he starts at the bottom, works hard and toils in the lower divisions. These are the real heroes, the players that fans adore, no matter if they are supremely talented or not, these are the players who try and give everything for their club, and one of these such men is Steve Claridge.
Written in conjunction with Observer writer, Ian Ridley, this book is a fascinating account of the unfashionable side of football life, the life that most viewers never get to hear about on TV or radio. Tales of long treks up the motorways to near deserted stadiums and of ungrateful managers, this maybe the unnoticed side of football, but it's the one that I prefer to notice! There are many funny accounts in this book, many containing the larger than life Barry Fry, it's well written and very honest.
You have to buy this book, forget the biographies of Beckham, Owen, they are nothing compared to this incredibly funny, clever, eye-opening and downright brilliant book.
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