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Not Just Any Old Scorer!,
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This review is from: Psycho Pat - The Autobiography of Pat Van den Hauwe: Legend or Madman (Kindle Edition)
I was brought up and Evertonian, it is in my blood, and to say it is part of my family is an understatement. Back in the 1980's Everton were on the up and up, I was a teenager, and after the city had struggled so much economically to see the team do so well was a dream come true, having lived in the shadow of the Reds that long! I enjoyed all of Pat's book, but especially his tales of his times in Liverpool. It was a different era then, and these lads were legendary in the city. Pat was infamous as being the handsome boy! he doesn't pull any punches in this book, and he admits that he didn't always treat people well (God bless his first wife!) but by the end of the book you can't help but like and respect him. He also brings to the fore the issue of mental health problems suffered by sports people. For me, as a bit of a celebrity-watcher, I was also interested in the chapter about his marriage to Mandy Smith. I think the saddest thing about the book, and for any Blue reading it, is that Everton never got to build on their European success in the 80s's through no fault of their own. There will always be that what if question, what could have happened to the club had they gone on to further European glories. From his humble beginnings, to his antics on and off the pitch, to his wild boy days and now finally his future in South Africa, there is one thing you can say about Pat, he has never been boring! In today's footballing world you just don't get characters like this any more, everything is so tightly controlled, and I think the English game misses managers like Kendall and Venables. They had the human touch. A great read for anyone who loves football. And Pat, you are welcome back any time!