King John: The Autobiography: 1 Paperback – 29 Mar 2004
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The autobiography of legendary Wales and Leeds United footballer John Charles, recently voted Leeds' all-time greatest player
About the Author
John Charles was equally at home as a centre forward or centre half, and joined Leeds United at 17. In 1957 he was lured to Juventus for a then record fee, and became a superstar in Turin, helping them to three titles in five years. He won 38 caps for Wales, scoring 15 goals.
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Although the best part of his career was spent playing in Italy, he is still revered in Wales as a footballing legend, and rightly so, as he was world class as both a striker and a defender.
The book covers his life, in his own words it seems, details its highs and lows, and accepts the blame for what went wrong later in his life.
He was known as the Gentle Giant, and this is how he appears. He just loved playing football, at whatever level, and it is remarkable to read about some of the teams he turned out for at the end of his career - can't imagine Wayne Rooney doing that!
The book opens the window on an era that has now passed, and that we are unlikely to see again - although whether things are actually any better now that football has become a money making machine remains to be seen.
I was honoured to share a table with the man himself when he was guest of honour at the birthday bash of a family friend who was a very well known man in the boxing world and a personal friend of John. It was in the summer of 2002, if my memory is correct and, although he wasn't the man he used to be he was still a huge, very smart guy. I only ever saw him play for Leeds once, but as a lifelong Leeds fan, the memory of sitting and talking to him that night will stay with me forever.
Boy, did he like a drink!!!!!!!