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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843582724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843582724
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone with an addictive/compulsive personality should write a really compelling book - especially when the subject matter is the very eventful life of former footballer Mark Ward. He was a busy, industrious player (400 plus career matches as a pro) so when he finds himself banged-up for 4 years, he can't just sit still and bide his time. Instead he bangs out his life story, and it's a real page turner, embracing nice memories of the emergence of the Premiership, and all the old footballing characters from the 80s and 90s. There are two in particular that stand out for the author as beacons of inspiration and decency in shaping his early career - John Lyall and Howard Kendall (who repays all the tributes in the foreword). But when his career path takes him away from their strong influence, things start to unravel, and this quickly becomes a salutary tale for any young footballer (or anyone really). The author readily admits that he is often let down by his own judgement and decision-making, and when this is fuelled by too much booze then enmities and problems start lining up like a huge defensive wall that stops him getting to where he thinks he should be.
Ultimately this is an (apparently) honest and sobering tale, with a post-script chapter stressing how much of a struggle post-prison life still is despite the success and coverage of this book.
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Lovely little footballer when he was in his prime. A lot of the stuff was understandable but a lot was glorified. I do not believe that when Ward was first taken to HMP Liverpool (Walton) that he arrived in handcuffs. I think it was in the first chapter that he mentioned this. After I retired from the Merseyside Police I drove the vans conveying prisoners from courts to prison and only extremely violent prisoners, or prisoners with a high escape risk, were handcuffed in transit. Ward wasn't in this catagory. He also played down his part in the drugs dealing. Why doesn't he admit he was a drugs dealer instead of trying to blame someone else. The judge obviously didn't believe him and he was a really emminent judge. Enjoyable book though.
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one of the best books I have read since tony cascarino's many moons ago.it's gritty and mind opening.the book should also give credit for Ward as he knows he has done wrong but does not ask for sympathy but you can understand his grievances.Quality book and MUST be read
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One of the more interesting life of a footballer books. Mark certainly has had an eventful life to date. He had to work hard to secure a professional career but like so many he wasted much of the benefits of his chosen career. He is at least aware of his mistakes and highlights them in this book. Unfortunately his upbringing in Liverpool means that he tended to drift into the seamier side of life and this was the route that finished with the spell in prison. I agree with him that the sentence was far longer that it should have been and all credit to him for the way that he dealt with the spell behind bars. A book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
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An interesting read because it is the story of a professional footballer who gets released by Everton as a youngster then works his way back into the full time time professional ranks from non league, on to a career that took him to the top. The fall from grace is told bluntly and without seeking sympathy.
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Probably one of best football autobiographies i have read,a really well written and funny book,this guy is a legend,probably a bit stupid what he did,but thats life.Would recommend this to any one who who enjoys football or just likes a good read,some of is stories are great,especially when he shot the Pope.A great read,thanks.
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A good read of how human we all are despite our relative success in life . Despite living the dream Marks misplaced loyalty landed him in prison . However this was not a self pitying tale but an interesting journey of football from a player who had genuine talent and believed in his own ability and put in the hard work to achieve his goals . Sadly he fell on bad times and made a serious error of judgement involving drugs . At times Mark portrays an insensitive attitude to his crime as he fails to understand drugs actually do hurt people - however the story is told in an interesting style and never fails to entertain . Ultimately Mark has come out of the other end and appears to be putting his life together again . Well worth a read for any football fan
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Well written and very difficult to put down!
Mark's story is an amazing tale even without his prison experience, he showed so much determination in not crumbling when released by Everton at a young age.

This book is a must read for any sports fan.
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