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Feed the Goat: The Shaun Goater Story Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006
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Shaun Goater was signed by Alex Ferguson almost as a political pawn after a Manchester United tour of Bermuda went disastrously wrong. He never made it with United and instead moved on to Rotherham. Undeterred by homesickness and the Yorkshire weather, he became a huge favourite at Millmoor before moving to Bristol City, where his goalscoring exploits endeared him to the fans and caught the eye of Man City manager Joe Royle. He won over the skeptical City following, who had seen him only as a journeyman striker bought to plug a gap. Within a year, he'd become a cult figure and his knack of poaching goals soon gave rise to one of the best modern-day terrace chants 'Feed the Goat and he will score'. Season after season, the bond between player and supporters grew and his name was etched into City folklore. He was captain for their last match at Maine Road before joining Reading. His career stalled with the Royals when manager Alan Pardew left a few weeks after Goater's arrival and Steve Coppell took over. He went out on loan to Coventry before Southend United rescued him at the start of their highly successful 2005/06 season."Feed the Goat" is the inspirational tale of a universally respected player who refused to give up on his dream.
About the Author
SHAUN GOATER is a professional footballer who is currently on the books of Southend United He retires at the end of the 2005/2006 season after a long and successful career in domestic and international football. He lives in Berkshire. DAVID CLAYTON is the Editor of Manchester City Magazine. He also writes for a number of other publications, including the Manchester City matchday programme, City Life magazine, Manchester Evening News, FourFourTwo, The Guardian and Manchester Metro. He has written 13 books so far, plus 4 assisted biographies. He's a life-long Man City fan and he lives in Didsbury with his wife and 3 children.
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The book is inciteful, it gives the low-down on everything he went through in Bermuda getting over to England, his stays with United, Rotheram, Bristol, Manchester City, Coventry and Southend, all as delightful as the last. He comes across in the book exactly how you would imagine, a kind, caring, down to earth, special man. He clearly loves City, he mentions the Blue's throughout, he clearly loves everything about football, City, England and Manchester, hes humble in his opinions throughout the book and is rather forthright too.
More than anything the book is hilarious in parts, some little quotes are fabulous, little things that he says or thoughts he had are brilliantly funny and had me laughing out loud.
It was exceptionally interesting to read about his home country, and what he did when he was younger over there, right up to what he plans to do in the future.
As i said, i couldnt put it down, literally, i just wanted to read and read and read about the Legend, and is truly what he is in my eyes, a complete, utterly brilliant Legend. If you haven't already bought the book, go get it...now, if youve got it and are reading it you'll know exactly what i mean. Its being lent over to my Dad now who cant wait to delve into it.
What a man the Goat is, complete Legend. Feed the Goat and he will score!
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