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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.
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.
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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The best referee ever. and a top man. A fantastic insight into his struggles both on and off the pitch and how his so called superiors are ruining the beautiful game and spoiling... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nigel C
Mr Halsey has certainly done a remarkable job in battling through his personal health issues. I've read more incisive referee biogs but nevertheless this is a good read.Published 14 months ago by brian h beck
I have been a referee for over 30 yrs and I have met Mark Halsey and many of the top referees , I know the elite group supported this referee through his serious illness so I find... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr F.Holleran
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