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Harry's Game: An Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Apr 2002
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About the Author
Roger Anderson is Sports Organiser for BBC Northern Ireland and was previously the Irish sport columnist for The Mail On Sunday. He is a former British Weekly Sportswriter of the Year and Northern Ireland Sports Journalist of the Year. He has known Harry Gregg for 13 years and currently lives in Portstewart. This is his first book.
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The book includes, as expected, many of the characters and events of football in the 1950’s onwards but often from a fresh angle, partly because of Gregg’s humble football beginnings and partly the fact his international appearances were for the less fashionable Northern Ireland. This content is all of interest to those passionate about football. Nevertheless, time and again the book returns to the central character of Gregg and above all his confrontations: with opposition players, team mates, managers, directors, friends, family and in fact almost anyone he comes into contact with. This is what dominates the narrative. He wears both his physical and verbal bruises as badges of pride. He always seems to be looking for a fight, on his own behalf or for someone else.
Most obviously his ire is focused on Munich and his anger about the way the club treated the victims. However, this righteous anger also falls into a deeper dissatisfaction at times and a perception that he is under-appreciated rankles. All in all though, Harry Gregg has written what he saw. Like an Old Testament prophet, he doesn’t mince his words and one senses that he was not traumatized by self-doubt. When he came to claim the ball he usually got it. I imagine he was the kind of man you valued as a team-mate especially in times of disaster.
This is an honest and eye-opening insight into the greatest football team in the world. Most real fans always wondered if match fixing goes on in football - afterall we are all human.
I recommend this book not only to football fans but to anyone who wants a good read.
It would make a great Christmas or Birthday Present for any self respecting football fan even if you do not support Manchester United!
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