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Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League by [Halsey, Mark, Ridley, Ian]
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"Mark Halsey has been one of our finest referees and has an inspirational story that goes beyond football." DAVID MOYES, Manchester United manager. "A top referee and a top man. Mark always brought a smile to a game and remembered that crowds had come to see the players." STEVEN GERRARD, Liverpool and England captain. "I admired Mark's courage and conviction that he would beat his cancer. He came back to give high-quality performances that won regular praise from managers and players. He did it his way and demonstrated great communication skills that were appreciated by many involved in our great game." KEITH HACKETT, former head of Premier League referees. RUNNER-UP BEST BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2014.

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MARK HALSEY was the longest-serving full-time professional referee in the English game when he retired at the end of the 2012/13 season after a career that took in three seasons officiating in the Football League and a remarkable 14 in the Premier League. He is now a refereeing pundit with the BT Sport TV channels. IAN RIDLEY is the author of 10 football books, including the No. 1 best-selling Addicted with the former Arsenal and England captain, Tony Adams. He was named Sports Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Floodlit Dreams Ltd (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAZSZOW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A warts and all account of Mark's experiences as a referee and his health issues. An amazing insight into the issues he faced from both his illness and his employers. A real eye opener.
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The autobiography of Mark Halsey. One of the country's top referees and his experience surviving cancer.

This is a rare glimpse into the world of football refereeing and Halsy definitely has a story to tell. To view the inner workings of the game is fascinating to any football fan and when names are mentioned it brings delight, but this story is a little too long. Not in length, but in content. What starts as genuine insight and revelation by an articulate storyteller turns (towards the end) simply of a man on a rant, endlessly complaining. Mark Halsey let's us know his opinion on events that we're mostly familiar with, but these opinions become increasingly negative as his career in the book progresses, until the end where they are the full content of the text and he hasn't much good to say about anybody or anything.

This book tells us more about the personality of the author rather than the events within. He comes across as: honest, stubborn, self centred (but at the same time considerate) and sadly somewhat pessimistic. I'd have hoped that a person with such an eventful life and career where he achieved so much could walk away a smile on his face, but Halsey seems to have an axe to grind here. I'm not saying his criticism isn't valid, I'm saying it doesn't make very good reading.

I think this book would have been better had opinions, feelings and events not been so interwoven.
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Well written book about a referee who tried his best to deal with footballs toughest job with a smile on his face. Opens his black book to right some wrongs.
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It's an interesting book but is probably about three chapters too long.
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I have,read Graham, 'I love myself 'poll, also Jeff winters book but this is my favourite. Mark worked his balls off but got stopped from doing the big games because of politics and 'the red wine club which Mr poll, durkin the diver and Mike Dean were members. Loved his style of reffing like Phil dowd and being a level 4 ref myself I appreciate the the laws of the game and stories etc. Great read and fully recommend it.
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Being a football fan it is hard to understand the mind of a referee, Mark Halsey opens up the world of refereeing perfectly, a 20 veteran of the profession, he gives the fans a insight into the politics and back-biting of the profession and details his relationships with fellow referees and his relationships with top managers abd footballers...More importantly is the story of his survival from Cancer, a truly inspirational account of one mans fight for survival and his battle to get back to the very too of his profession, through adversity and sheer will, with the support of most of his peers, he did it...A brilliant read for any football fan
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I am a referee, albeit at a very different level from Mr. Halsey. This book is a must-read for any men in black out there, but more than that, for any football fan. Mark Halsey was a great referee. This book tells you what he had to go through to achieve the success he did, and how a variety of things, chiefly the people who were supposed to have a duty of care to him, prevented him from achieving further honours. In life, cancer has been his biggest battle, but in refereeing, his biggest battles were with the powers that be. In most industries, they wouldn't get away with it, and thanks to Mr. Halsey's bravery in writing this book, they haven't, not completely.

Mr. Halsey retains his dignity while naming and shaming, and tells many a tale, the majority of which are happy stories, stories of friendships made and people showing the positive side of humanity. It has challenged many of my pre-conceived ideas about people - Ferguson, Rooney, Mourinho to name but three. I have also read Ferguson's book recently, and enjoyed it... but this was better. Heartily recommended.
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i am a football fan and go to games/watch them on TV, but has not previously considered to role of the referee - except in a youve git to be joking ref context.

This book changed that. It is very well written, with funny anecdotes. You genuinely get a sense of his love of football.

Added Time offers more than the footballing insights though. Chronicling one mans battle with a disease which according to stats will effect many of us. In reading it you really get the sense the challenge Mark faced and the bravery in wanting to come back from the brink to do the job he was so eminently qualified to do.

Mark shares strong views on his former bosses particularity in their attempts prevent his return. All I can say is thank goodness Mark fought on - not only for football but also for others facing the road back from cancer.

I have bought this book for footballing friends and would recommend it to anyone who has a love of the beautiful game.
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