Big Fry: Barry Fry: The Autobiography Hardcover – 7 Aug 2000
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From the Back Cover
Barry Fry is one of the most engaging and entertaining characters in English football. Everyone has an opinion on the current manager of Peterborough United. 'Bazza's like a hyperactive Sunday market trader – he should come with a health warning' according to one football pundit; while a former club colleague described him as ‘a born winner who knows the game inside out’.
It is this insider’s view of the game that makes 'Big Fry' so compelling. As a youth apprentice for Manchester United, Fry was a hugely promising footballer with a taste for the good life off the field. As a result, he came dangerously close to careering off the rails, despite warnings from boss Matt Busby about the perils of excessive drink, gambling and women.
After spells with a number of division clubs, injury forced him to hang up his boots. His first managerial role was at non-league Dunstable, where Fry recalls with typically barbed sense of humour the time his chairman, once jailed for embezzlement, had suitcases full of foreign currency in his office with hit-men protecting his booty.
In fact, Fry's life story could be the subject of a gangland movie, with remarkable tales of clandestine meetings and chicanery behind closed doors, such as his spells with Barnet where he joined forces with the notorious ticket tout, Stan Flashman. Fry describes how he was forced out in acrimonious circumstances and became boss at Southend, where he was responsible for bringing on a young Stan Collymore.
Less than a year later he was poached by Birmingham under owner and ex-pornographer David Sullivan and glamorous sidekick, Karren Brady, about whom Fry revels in some marvellous stories concerning their love-hate relationship.
You could never accuse Fry of taking the easy option. Wrestling with debt and forever battling against club chairmen, having twice suffered form heart attacks, and remembered for his extraordinary love of the game and transfer wheeling and dealing. The Posh manager is a tabloid writer's dream…and makes Alex Ferguson's job look like a salsa on the beach.
About the Author
Phil Rostron is a freelance sportswriter whose career includes over 20 years working at the Express and the Daily Star. His other books include autobiographies of Willy Carson and Henry Cecil.
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Some of the characters in this book you couldn`t make up if you tried. A great read and a bargain at this price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This man is a legend, a great read. Well packaged and in good conditionPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a bad book, but not that great either. Too much waffle about ''I bought Joe blogs for £20K and sold him 12 months later to Tottenham for a million quid''Published 14 months ago by Fonzie
A good insight into the colourful carackter that is Barry Fry, well worth a read.Published 18 months ago by Gary Ralston
Great book came in plenty of time, good condition have started reading this and so far love it. If you like Barry Fry would recommend.Published 18 months ago by DB - London