The Great and the Good Paperback – 3 Jun 2013
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Following on from the success of John Giles: A Football Man, The Great and the Good promises to be one of the stand-out sports books of this autumn.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
John Giles was born in Dublin in 1940. A prodigiously gifted young footballer, at just 15 years of age, Giles moved to Manchester, playing for the Manchester United youth team. And in 1959, the year after the Munich Air Disaster, he made his debut for the Man United first team against Spurs, beginning a career at the top of the game that was to span three decades. He moved to the then second-division side Leeds United in 1963 where he became the linchpin of one of the world's great sides of the 60s and 70s. He played for the Republic of Ireland for almost two decades before moving to a player-manager role in later years. Giles is now a well known and greatly respected football analyst.
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Johnny looks back fondly on past great players, like John Charles, some of his old colleagues and rivals from his playing days, as well as modern greats and past Irish players. The book, and his punditry as a whole, is a breath of fresh air compared to the Sky Sports commentary, which would have you believe every current game/goal/player/team is the greatest there was.
Thus, when Giles calls someone great, it means something.
The book covers Giles's reminiscences and analysis of players he played with, against or watched from Stanley Matthews to Lionel Messi as well as of some famous managers also. For those unfamiliar with his views some may surprise you but whether you agree or disagree you should find his views stimulating.
The book is written in an easy, conversational style and it reads like you're listening to Giles chatting to you.
I can recommend this to a wide range of readers. If, like me, you're old enough to remember Giles play it's a trip down memory lane. If you're of a younger generation who think the game began with the Champion's League and the Premiership it may be educational to read why he rates Messi higher than Cristiano Ronaldo or John Robertson higher than David Beckham.
While reading the book it was clear that Giles had some help as remembering specific facts rather than broad patterns was never Giles's strong point. However there is, I suspect, one fact that Declan Lynch didn't check. Giles twice refers to Bobby Moore tackling Pele in their 1970 England-Brazil match. Now Moore did tackle Pele during that game but the moment that has passed into legend as "that tackle by Moore" was, in fact, on Jairzinho.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Great and the Good by the magnificent Man Utd, WBA & Republic superstar Johnny Giles is a tip top read!Published on 19 Oct. 2013 by Stanbury2000
I didn't like Giles the footballer, he played for them ! But, as a football thinker, he comes across as a very shrewd man. Very enjoyable.Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer