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My Defence: Winning, losing, scandals and the drama of Germany 2006 Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006
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The most sensational sports book of the year--The Times
His phenomenal skill on the pitch and the controversy which has plagued him off it have made Ashley Cole one of the most talked-about players in recent years. Here, from inside the England dressing room, he tells the full story of their bid for World Cup glory in 2006.But this is alsomuch more than a World Cup diary. Cole talks openly about the 2005 'tapping up' scandal, when he was fined GBP100,000 by the FA following a meeting with Chelsea's Mourinho and Kenyon in a hotel room, and the media storm that followed. He reveals the ups and downs ofhis 2005 season at Arsenal, the last at Highbury before the move to a new stadium, and his struggles with injuries and form. And he also, of course, discusses his relationship with Girls Aloud's Cheryl Tweedy and the run-up to their wedding just after the World Cup.See all Product description
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Anyone who knows about Arsenal will at once spot the glaring awful errors and omissions (such as the emergence of the extraordinary Armand Traore whose skills Cole can only wonder at), and anyone supporting Chelsea will surely not want to wallow in all this Arsenal stuff. Yes he knocks Arsenal, but that's just a bit of the story - unsurprisingly for a kid who came up through the ranks.
So who is left to buy it? Certainly not all those journalists who said that if Cole is the best left back in the country then there is no hope for English football. But I suppose they will forget all their past knocking comments and review it any way.
My suggestion - if you fancy getting this book, go outside, watch the grass grow for a bit, and wait until you feel better.
Ashley Cole takes us on a journey of financial penury and institutional slavery. That this takes place in our, so called, civilised society makes this read all the more shocking and moving.
In one chapter 'Cashley', as he is affectionately known, describes his horror as he is offered a meagre 55,000 pounds a week. It is hard not to empathise as he realises that his car collection may have to stop at just the Range Rover, Ferrari and Lambourghini. I was gripped by his dilemma over whether he could afford the gold plated dashboard.
Fortunately, during these dark hours, he finds comfort in the arms of a travelling Geordie singer who provides comfort, support and a natty range of tattoos. With her support 'Cashley' finds the courage within himself to confront those who sought to condemn him to a life of sackcloth and ashes and begin his own 'Long walk to Freedom'.
As it stands 'Cash' remains in enforced bondage. But in an inspiring act of human kindness the Russian people, in a show of solidarity not seen the October revolution, have clubbed together to buy 'Cashley's' freedom.
I agree that this book has nothing to do with football, but I don't think its necessarily the ghost writers fault. It seems clear that Cole has bought completely into the celebrity lifestyle and so football isn't necessarily at the top of his mind.
All in all the book is complete waste of time.
Does Ashley lick his own testicles? We may never know for sure. Certainly he is small and lithe enough. What we do know for sure is that Ashley has been treated like a dog. Like a small pigeon chested chihuahua, kept on leash and denied the meagre gruel that so many of us take for granted.
In 'My Defence', Ashley takes us on a journey of unimaginable hardship and suffering. From his early days taken from the safety of his home into 'the Club', the grinding hours of labour, through to his young adulthood where each week he is forced to perform for his masters.
During this time he is forced to live on the scraps provided by the evil 'Dein' and his cohorts. To Ashley's great credit his suffering does not make for a depressing read. I laughed often. This is helped by his delighful and playful prose. Never allowing himself to slip into self pity and wearing his chains of burden lightly. With a smattering of self-deprecation amongst the horror of the forced labour, Ashley takes us a journey of self discovery.
Let us hope as Ashley sees the door to freedom creak open that he can spend a little more time like the proverbial dog 'licking his testicles'. If asked why, who could begrudge this particular dog answering as the wise man once said 'because I can'...
Please stay clear of this book, at least wait a few weeks when it's in the bargain bin next to Saddam Hussein's guide to democracy.