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The Final Score: The Autobiography of the Voice of Football Hardcover – 7 Oct 1999

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  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st edition (7 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340748303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340748305
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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My guiding light has been a piece of advice I once received from the late Lord Ted Willis, prolific writer, creator of Dixon of Dock Green and a wonderful friend: "Never use a one pound word when a sixpenny one will do", he said. For a football commentator like me, that has never been a problem. I've made a good living out of sixpenny words.
One of the most recognisable sounds in sport, Brian Moore--the Voice of Football--looks back at more than 30 years in television and radio and on what is has meant to him to share a nation's sporting passions.

Moore reveals the untold stories behind his public career with humour and humility, casting an affectionate but critical eye on colleagues such as Jimmy Hill and Ron Atkinson, and sporting greats as diverse as Niki Lauda and Maradona.

His even-handed appreciation of the mercurial genius of Brian Clough--a colleague and friend of 30 years--is typical of the fan who never lost his critical sense while enjoying the company of his heroes.

Retirement from television commentary at the end of the 1998 World Cup finals came hard on the heels of arguably his greatest ever performance. The record 27 million people who experienced the England-Argentina match with him enjoyed vintage Moore--spare, elegant and with a sense of occasion which never degenerated into bombast. All qualities he has brought to these recollections of a life at the big match. --Alex Hankin

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For more than thirty years, Brian Moore was ITV's Voice of Football. Here at last, he reads his fascinating autobiography. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great to hear the man's voice again. How sad within a couple of years of this he passed away.....the day england went to Germany and scored f.I.v.e........this is very interesting..for example in his early days his passion on the big match.....was for me the greatest English sales pitch for 60s and 70s football....check out the magical big match dvd series...and as he said bucked the trend of telling the audience..what they could see....(I see both points, for and against...Barry davies...yet those on the Mike today for me have never reached the heights of those who presented the game in the regions,bbc radio .etc..it's the constant need to sell something that was sold long go that puts me off....where today what is miles better, are those on the panel or alongside the commentator....though they all seem to divide the watchers. Brian moore sounded like a decent human being....warm and genuine....and the story's of the rival station are worth a listen...I always went with the BBC on cup finals world cup etc....the picture was better (for some reason......no adverts....but I have to say having seen dvd repeats of those finals of yore.....the commentator was much better on itv and having heard Brian's views on Mr David Coleman!!!##.I'm sorry I took that route....by the mid -late 70s Brian changed his style to be less wild and more (pardon the pun)...less Moore.....I suppose that was trying to compete with the other side...a subject which comes up more than once in this autobiography...it's a shame our tv channels spend far too much time looking over the fence, and not being unique and original...every kid will recall Sunday the big match..and the need to go up the park for a kick around straight after and play out what you just watched.....and you would be commentator to your own imagination...Peter Jones...Bryan butler..Peter Lorenzo..Barry Davies...Hugh John's etc.......magic........brian Moore r.I.p.
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I grew up with watching Brian Moore on Sunday afternoons presenting the Big Match - well before live matches became the norm.
To be able to read this autobiography was fantastic and gave a great insight into his background, enjoyable moments and fears for the game and little excerpts about his co-commentators.
A great read about one of the best sports commentators of our time.
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I had great difficulty obtaining this book from the high street bookshops. In fact the only place I could find it was Amazon.co.uk.
Brian Moore, for me has always been the master. In the seventies I grew up with him in my life, every Sunday on The Big Match. He is part of the soundtrack of my life and I was pleased to read about his life and to discover that he was as good and nice as he appeared in his TV life. He loved his parents and thought very highly of them. He was happily married for many years until his death. The book also gives the reader some great stories and includes tributes to such people as George Best and Brian Clough.
If you love football, if you grew up during the 70's and 80's then you MUST love Brian Moore and then this book will be for you. Read it and you'll be 'over the moon, Brian'!
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A good copy of a 'hard to find' book. Very pleased with all aspects of purchase - Thanks very much
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What a gentleman
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