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on 2 June 2014
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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on 1 November 2011
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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on 28 June 2014
Bert Trautmann's biography made me feel sick with his Nazism; Paul Lake and Uwe Rosler's autobiographies were incredibly emotional; but Andy Morrison's is a whole new ball game. I read it open-mouthed, in shock at what Andy got up to.
When he was at City, he was one of my favourite players. What he lacked in skill, he made up for in passion. But his book reveals a side to him that I didn't know about. It's not just amazing how he managed to be a professional footballer, but it's a mystery how he didn't end up in prison or even dead.
Andy is brutally honest. Especially with revelations about a childhood incident and then his drinking and violence.
With so many footballers bringing out meaningless autobiographies a couple of years into their careers, this is a book that has a story to tell and doesn't flinch at telling anything.
And you just know that if Andy was still playing today, he wouldn't stand for any nonsense in the dressing room from players upset that they didn't get a birthday cake.
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on 10 September 2015
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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on 21 November 2015
During his career I knew the name of Andy Morrison but reading the story I can see why he was seen as a hero/cult legend. There are a few bigger character than him. Some stories of his career as a player and assistant manger are unbelievable. Great read and is on kindle Unlimited as well
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on 1 February 2017
Well worth the money. This was a very enjoyable read about one of my favourite players when he was at Huddersfield Town. Andy Morrison pulls no punches in this biography. An excellent read.
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on 26 May 2016
Nothing hidden, a down to earth recount of his often troubled life and how easy it is to get on to the wrong side of the law. As a footballer, he certainly made an impact at City, exactly what we needed at the time.
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on 3 November 2014
Diary of a troubled soul trying to make the most of his undoubted football ability but more often than not being consumed by personal demons. Not just a read for Man City fans but a salutary lesson for young aspiring footballers as to what can go wrong and how you cannot just get by on your ability alone, however good you are.
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on 7 March 2016
fantastic read by Andy morrison letting you into his life as a professional player and his demons.
I'm lucky to have met Andy on BBC radio Manchester for the blue Tuesday radio fanzine show and he's a great bloke. Highly recommended
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on 20 June 2015
Very well written a open and honest account of his life and the bad and good times he had a very moving read .Andy well done and wishing you a successful management in football
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