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'It's Only Banter': The Autobiography of Leroy Rosenior Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Feb 2017

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (28 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785312081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785312083
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The 'banter' refers to the vile abuse West ham legend Leroy Rosenior had to put up with in a story, sadly, as relevant today as in his heyday. The well-loved Hammer's account shows resilience and dignity as he rises above racism - as a player, a manger and a man. A real gem." --Sunday Mirror Christmas Book Review

"He grins at the memory. In fact, the 52-year-old Rosenior does a lot of grinning. Despite some of its subject matter, his book too is filled with comedy incidents and anecdotes. Plus optimism: his instinct is to seek out ways to improve the chances of the black manager rather than moan about the system's iniquities." --Daily Telegraph

"Rosenior should be better known. This is more than a run-of-the-mill autobiography. Magnanimous nature shines through, and he seems a genuinely funny and intelligent man. Muses on the state of the game more than welcome, ends the book on a high. Genuinely entertains." --When Saturday Comes

"Spat on by a child and racially abused by my own fans, but IT'S ONLY BANTER. The book should provoke thought in the football community." --Daily Mail

"About his career on and off the pitch, including the racism he encountered in the 1980s and his managerial stints at Torquay - all 10 minutes of it - and Sierra Leone." --The Guardian

"Superbly written and thought provoking, up there with the best football biographies I've read. A fascinating book." -- Programme Monthly

"Excellent. Weighty issues to ponder but the book isn't all serious. There are lots of tales and stories to entertain, including his short-lived time as a player and manager of Sierra Leone." --Late Tackle

About the Author

Leroy Rosenior was a striker who enjoyed a successful career in football throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. Having won promotion as a manager at Torquay, Rosenior knows first-hand the problems facing young, black coaches in the modern game and today is both an anti-racist campaigner and respected pundit. He co-wrote his book with respected sports journalist and author Leo Moynihan.

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