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'It's Only Banter': The Autobiography of Leroy Rosenior Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Feb 2017
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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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My son, who is 27, enjoyed the book as a fast paced and entertaining read. As a 58 year old I grew up during the same times as Leroy. As a white middle class male who believes too many are too quick to take offence at the least comment or action, this book is at times an uncomfortable read, and one I wished I'd had the opportunity to read many years ago.
If you were on the terraces in that era you'd appreciate Moynihan captures the feeling of the time with a quite stunning piece of social commentary through the eyes of Rosenior.
This isn't a book simply about a players memories. it's much more than that.
Also a great insight into the overt racism inside the game as a player to the more covert racism experienced as a black manager in today's game.
A great Autobiography and another very good book from Leo Moynihan
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