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The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: The Andy Morrison Story Hardcover – 10 Oct 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fort Publishing Ltd (10 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190576927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905769278
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A forthright and compelling account of the demons that drove him to 'barbaric' acts of violence . . . Andy Morrison was a cult hero, a ferocious competitor whose will to win endeared him to teammates and supporters' --Daily Mail

'Jaw dropping . . . A beautiful, brutal, bombshell of a book' --Manchester Evening News

'Fabulous . . . A brillliant, no-holds-barred book' --Sunday People

'A great read . . . compelling and very honest' Daily Express. 'Morrison's story is riveting reading in his no-holds barred retelling of his career' Plymouth Herald. 'Andy Morrison was a leader, a winner and a born competitor' Ian Holloway. 'A gripping, no-holds-barred read, which will make you wince, may shock and goes a long way to explaining what made Andy Morrison the man he is today' Independent. 'A warts and all-type book. He does not hide the fights with managers, teammates, bar brawls, the pursuit of fans who abused him and a Crown Court trial that could have seen him jailed for years' Shoot Magazine. 'A revealing insight into a battering ram of a player who always left his mark' Telegraph and Argus. 'An outstanding centre half, captain and leader as City won an extraordinary promotion . . . He remains a cult favourite at the club to this day' Sky Sports. 'A forthright and compelling account of the demons that drove him to barbaric acts of violence' Soccer Fountain.com 'A gritty, brutally honest and enlightening football autobiography' --Football and Fashion

'Fabulous . . . A brillliant, no-holds-barred book' --Sunday People


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An amazing story of a man who is brutally honest about everything that has happened in his career and his life. There isn't much written about the other side to Morrison, which I am certain must be there, as he talks about being a good husband and a good father. His football career was blighted by injury and alcoholism and the level of violence in the story is just off the scale. How he has never been to prison is just down to good luck and circumstance. Some of his decision making makes you worry about him - playing Sunday League football in Winsford, never mind following a car full of players back to their pub because they had been winding him up. I couldn't put it down and think it's fascinating how Morrison was just below the pay bracket that would have made him a wealthy footballer - always just one contract away from his team mates etc... and yet he did literally drag Man City up from Division two and was under contract when they were back in the premiership. I loved him as a player and find the honesty of his story eye opening.
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This is a no-frills autobiography that's told in a way that the writer would recount it over a pint, although given alcohol plays such a massive part in the story, probably best to buy Andy Morrison a coke! I admired Andy as a player who gave everything and expected the same from everyone else and it's such a shame that his career was blighted by injuries. Great memories for City fans BUT any football fan will appreciate this as the majority is NOT about City. Hard-hitting, as the previous poster said, is an understatement - read it but don't let the kids read it!!!
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Format: Hardcover
Had Andy Morrison not played for City then I wouldn't have bothered with this book. However, I am glad he did for both reasons as it is an astounding read. The level of violence encountered throughout his life is quite incredible and there is some umbelieavble stories of the extent he went to to settle scores with people both inside and outside of them game. I'd definitey recommend it whether you support any of the teams he played for or not and you certainly won't read a football biog like it again as it is somewhat different to the usual bland rubbish you get from premier league players these days. Hard hitting would be an understatement!!!
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I knew a fair bit about what had gone on, but there was so much more. Very open and honest, and possibly cathartic in the writing. It'll make you laugh and cry and think what can go wrong next. I turned the pages almost apprehensively. A cracking read that you won't want to put down. A must read for Argyle, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Man City fans as well as the general supporter.
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A great read Andy tells it as it was warts and all. Not a book laced with sugar candy, doesn't matter what team you follow it is a true reflection of a person. Loved the stories about confronting gobby sods who think they can abuse someone with no consequences. A character to say the least. If you are lauded by fans of clubs you played for you can't be doing much wrong, fans love a trier even if things don't work out well, they appreciate effort and commitment.
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Jock Morrison was a direct contemporary of mine and I remember playing against him in the Plymouth DJM football league (he played for Elm). He was a gifted football player and it was little surprise when he went onto enjoy a successful football career. The book is partly about football and making it as a professional but it is far more than that: Morrison's narrative takes us to the mean streets of Plymouth (prior to the makeover of Stonehouse and the near demolition of Union Street) where much of his life was played out. Morrison evokes the working class, macho culture that prevailed at the time where drinking, fighting and the need for respect drove a lot of life. The mindless violence is a damning indictment of the time. Quite simply, the savagery and commonplace nature of the thuggery recounted is horrifying. Morrison is candid about his failings and the book is clearly partly an attempt for him to understand his adult life to date. He writes poignantly about his personal problems and tragedy in his family.

For historians of football, the book captures a time when football started to change: the sections on Blackburn capture how the upper echelons of the game started to attract large sums of money. More generally, there is much of interest about the working of the game as an industry. There are comical moments in the book - such as Peter Shilton's tenure as Plymouth Argyle manager.

Football memoirs are generally clichéd and bland. This book is not. The author emerges as a complex and damaged figure, some of the accounts of violence - both meted out and received - are shocking. Add in a great deal of personal and family tragedy, and a fascinating football career and one gets a man of many parts. For all his self-stated failings, the text elicits some sort of respect and liking for Morrison, which is precisely how I remember him.
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Bland is not the word for the majority of football life stories.A bit about childhood,a bit about mum and dad,career and then some jumbled bit about what is wrong with the sport and you finish it and think twenty quid for that?
That is certainly not the feeling you get after reading this book it drags you into a world of organised bare knuckle fistfights at Plymouth docks to brawls in nightclubs and numerous drunken escapades that defy belief.
As well as this there is a football career of some repute with his exploits at Manchester city being the zenith of his career without a doubt.
Morrisons honesty and straightforward approach to life shines through on every page and you go away with a feeling that despite his off the field problems he at least made a significant mark (no pun intended) particularly at the then struggling Manchester City.
A must buy for ANY football supporter regardless of affiliation!
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