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Fowler: My Autobiography Paperback – Unabridged, 5 May 2006
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Bookworm is sure that Gerard Houllier and Kevin Keegan, not to mention Graeme Le Saux, await publication with keen interest -- Time Out
Next up will be the memoirs of Robbie Fowler which should make a wild read when they are published -- The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The controversial and explosive autobiography of one of the greatest strikers of modern timesSee all Product description
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Robbie is the first to admit he is no saint and he honestly describes the events that have landed him in hot water, but it would be extremely hard for supporters of any team not to sympathise with this player whose career has been ravaged by injury since late 1997 and whose "personal life" has been created by the media who have always sought to destroy him.
A great read for anyone who is a Robbie fan, a football fan, or even a fan of a fascinating story well told.
One is frequently irritated by Fowler`s repeated references to his Toxteth roots (the boy from the back streets makes good, .... yawwwwwnnn) and pitiful and continuous denials about alleged drug taking. For goodness sake Robbie, you need only once to inform us readers of where you were born and raised, whilst repeated denials of drug taking makes one think the writer doth protest too much!
The major blight however emanates from the rambling style employed where an interesting episode/event is broached, .... and then irresponsibly abandoned, left unexamined, unexplained or non concluded. What saved the book ultimately is his in depth description and account of the bitterness he felt towards Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson, who seemingly and systematically hounded him out of the club. Both these characters are exposed, according to Fowler, as egotistical maniacs who clearly did NOT act fully in the club`s interests with their petty mindedness and poor decision making. Now this WAS read-worthy and the relative lack of punch pulling is both very revealing and welcome.
Also of great interest was Fowler`s interpretation of the LFC`s directors` gross lack of confidence in Roy Evans` judgement. Put simply, a little more financial backing would very possibly have lead to a few major signings (Sherringham for example) who would in turn have almost guaranteed winning the premiership during the 1990s. Although not examined in great depth, one ultimately cannot help but have confirmed that the sacking of Souness was premature and unsound.
Very revealing too was just how disruptive was the fantastically talented Stan Collymore`s brief stay at liverpool, a somewhat frustratingly flawed genius if ever there was one. References to Hoddle, Keegan and Fowler`s brief stay at Leeds are also quite entertaining and informative.
What ruined/spoiled this book for me was the failure to present all the varied incidents and events in this player`s career in a less rambling, repetetive and incohesive format, hence just a 3 star rating.
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