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Farewell but not Goodbye: My Autobiography Hardcover – 27 Jul 2005
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Bobby Robson is a legend in British football, and his autobiography, Farewell but not Goodbye, is a lively and dramatic picture of a life lived in and for the Beautiful Game. While Robson has been granted almost godlike status in Newcastle and the North East, his career has touched on every aspect of the national sport. The book describes his days as a player for Fulham and West Brom in the 50s and 60s, the 20 England caps he collected over the years and (of course) his spectacularly successful career in management (all 40 years of it); there is no career quite like this in English football.
We all know, of course, that sportsmen's autobiographies are customarily written with a little 'hidden assistance', and Paul Hayward's contribution here should not be overlooked. With the latter's subtle help, the opening chapters detailing Robson's childhood and early years in the North-East have a vividness and texture worthy of such writers as John Braine. But most readers will be keen to get to Robsons sporting career, and if they do a little judicious skipping of these early chapters, they can be forgiven. Soon, were presented with some of the historic sporting achievements which have been part of Robsons stellar career. There is the Hand of God story, the ill-starred Paul Gascoigne's emotional breakdowns (which so endeared him to the nation) and the high tension of Robsons squiring the England team through two dramatic World Cups.
Too many autobiographies have cheated the reader by drawing a discreet veil over the very things that we most wish to read about -- but Robson will have no truck with such mealy-mouthed evasion; for the first time he describes the real story behind his sacking as Newcastle manager in 2004, and his five turbulent years at St Jamess Park is treated with similar frankness. --Barry Forshaw
Revered in Newcastle and the North-East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man whose fame knows no boundaries and who enjoys phenomenal popularity. His playing days with Fulham and West Brom in the 1950s and 60s, his twenty England caps and his brilliant management career over the past thirty-eight years mean that he has inspired generations of fans. He has been witness to some of the most historic sporting moments throughout his incredible career, and in his book remembers epic incidents from the 'Hand of God' to the tears of Gazza. He also relives leading England through two World Cups, and the pain of coming within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final. Sir Bobby's story is a rich and diverse one and this autobiography will celebrate his remarkable life.See all Product description
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I am not a big reader at all however this book held my interest and I looked forward to my morning and evening commutes so I could start reading it again.
I am a Newcastle fan, and born there too, so maybe I am interested in Bobby more than most, however given that Bobby was involved with so many teams, in so many country's and did so much for charity, any footballing fan could find something interesting in this book.
This book would also appeal to anyone who enjoys history, as the book goes through his upbringing in the coal mines and how life has changed from then and the modern day.
If you remember the tone and the way Bobby spoke you will enjoy this book even more, as I was able to read this in my head like Bobby was narrating the book to me. Perhaps that's what all good books are able to do, just this one seemed special.
Will keep looking at this site to see if FS of Newcastle provides a review and 5 Stars.
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