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Jan The Man: From Anfield to Vetch Field Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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The rollercoaster career of the first and most successful foreign footballers to play in the UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grahame Lloyd contributes to the Guardian and FourFourTwo and commentates on football for BBC Radio Wales and HTV
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His book takes us through his career in pretty much the way most football autobiographies do regarding their subject, but deviates in two interesting and unusual ways. Firstly he is very outspoken on things such as his own ability, the way he was treated by others through out his career, and his time in prison for driving offences.
The second deviation of interest is that this book contains whole chapters of other people giving their opinions on Jan, and not all of them are complimentary! Even Kenny Dalglish is somewhat critical of him.
Jan really failed to live up to his potential as a player, and has started his management career with mixed success at Swansea and now Kidderminster and this is readily admitted by Jan himself in his book.
In fairness, this is a book I would recommend Liverpool fans to buy, but supporters of other clubs might be better off trying to cadge a read from their local library
I make an exception for Jan Molby. I saw his debut for Ajax in the early eighties. It was a coincidence, as I did not live really close to Amsterdam then, but once a year (on average) we tried to see Ajax. The Danish midfield player turned out to be completely different from the other Danish players Ajax used to have in the late seventies and early eighties. After two reasonable successful years Molby moved to Liverpool, reason enough for me to call that team my favorite in England.
The good thing about Molby is that he dares to be different. He inspired me to dedicate a complete column to him, when I still had a monthly column in the fanzine I write for. He had a great sense of humour. He gambled, not just on the horses (though he did do that as well), but also on which suitcase will be the first one to appear at the airport. Or on the colour of the next traffic light. He drank. As most players in Britain tend to do. But he was caught drunk driving once and ended up in jail. In the meantime he was a player of one of the best teams Liverpool has had in their history.
The book disappointed me a bit, as it still is one of the standard books about football players that should be named 'the story so far'. But some of the incidents at Ajax and Liverpool were unknown to me and it gives a bit of an insight. His career at Anfield went a bit passed me, as in those years television and media weren't paying as much attention as they do now.Read more ›