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Motty - 40 years of claptrap,
This review is from: Motty: Forty Years in the Commentary Box (Hardcover)
What a waste of my time reading this poor excuse of a biography. During radio advertisements the book is portrayed as a book which describes "Motty's" thoughts on the best teams and players he had witnessed and commentated upon during the past 40 odd years, yet these points are merely mentioned as an afterthought once the story has been concluded in an appendix at the back of the book.
So if you want a read which reflects his feelings regarding his own commentating technique which includes how his own voice has been proven to be the ideal acoustics for commentating, or his constant drones about misreading a big decision during a game, or his personal battle with Barry Davies and the BBC bigwigs in order to commentate on all the major games during a league, FA, European or World Cup then this is the book for you.
If on the other hand you wish to read Motty's own thoughts around the best players or team he has seen on a season by season basis and why he thought they were best then I'm afraid you will be sadly mislead by the advertising and spin given to help sell the book.
To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, let me describe "Motty's Best England Eleven" which is simply listed at the very back of the book and features a team of players which haven't been mentioned during the whole book. For example at no point during the whole book is an explanation for why he thinks Micky Mills is his first choice for the right-back position in the team, or why he thinks the five best games of all time are the best. Admittedly during the book he does provide the reader with an insight towards his own thoughts regarding the England team and the FA's appointments regarding England managers plus a chapter dedicated to Brian Clough, but when you reflect upon the fact he has witnessed and been exposed to so many different characters from the football world during a 40 year period it really is a poor read. As I suspect people like me are buying this book on the basis that we learn from someone who has literally had a unique prospective of football during this period. Instead you are presented with someone who seems too afraid to put his head on the block to be really objective. Perhaps in hindsight he should have written the book post his retirement.