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Big Fry: Barry Fry: The Autobiography Hardcover – 7 Aug 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; 1st edition (7 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002189488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002189484
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A totally honest and open account of Barry Fry`s life. This is a book that leaves you continually smiling and chuckling all the way through. Barry is one of the few people to put his failure to make the grade as a footballer down to himself.
Some of the characters in this book you couldn`t make up if you tried. A great read and a bargain at this price.
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This I's one of the best football books I have ever read the others being (stan the man) and believe it or not Phil & Gary Neville's diary of the 1997 season!!!) some funny tails from Mr Fry never knew he nearly made it with utd
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i have just read this book and found it was a great read. being a Cambrige united fan it was interesting to no the mess Peterborough was in till barry took over they should thank him for not going bust .
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I was a regular Barney in the eighties and nineties.I remember well all the bust ups with Stan Flashman and the exciting games.This I found interesting,his Times at Birmingham and Peterborogh less so.
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The reason I have give this 3 stars the person I bought this for said it was a funny book but the book looked second hand & I thought it was hard back...I had just bought another sports persons hard back cheaper.....
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By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2007
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Barry Fry is a great character in British football and this book is everything you'd expect from him. It's packed with funny anecdotes, significant insights into the running of various football clubs and fascinating details about Fry's dealings with players, officials, chairmen and the league. Some of the stories seem incredulous to those of us who have never been on the inside of a football club and it's revealing to know a little bit more of the kind of things that can go on. Fry clearly knows the football world and understands it intimately; he expresses clear views that are often well thought out and stand as testimony to an amazing career. Well worth reading.
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This book is excellent. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is beacuse there is a little repetition in it which could have been avoided. However coming from a man that us cobblers fans are supposed to hate I found that I could not put it down and completed it in 24 hours. The man who is larger than life on TV and at the match is also the same in his book as well. Buy it and you will not be disappointed.
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By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the hidden world of Barry Fry. In his words, he tells of the hidden events which take place behind closed doors of the clubs of which he has injected his character and passion. A must for all football fans as Barry Fry, reflects quite openly on his family, friends and managerial career. A great book, a christmas present finished by boxing day!
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