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Neville Southall: The Binman Chronicles Kindle Edition
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My one abiding memory of him was in the same fixture a few years later. Watford striker collapsed in the box holding his head. The referee did absolutely nothing, but ‘Big Nev’ threw the ball out of play and gestured for the physio to come on. Nowadays it is the norm for this to happen, but it wasn’t in those days. Even as teenager, I saw it as terrifically honest sportsmanship. Watford were not as sporting and scored from the resulting throw-in!
Anyhow, my point is his story is written in a similar vein. Honest, to the point and not too whiny like some of the sport autobiographies I’ve read. The guy just liked playing football. Like so many loyal players, they are consigned to the scrapheap as soon as a manager deems them past their best. It is quite shocking really.
He lifts the lift on his half time ‘protest’ and why the Wales national team continued to fail at major tournaments, despite being able to field a world class goalie and in Ian Rush, the best finisher in the business.
It goes without saying that if you are a Welsh Evertonian, you’ll love this book, but anybody who loves football and respected what the ex-binman achieved in the game.
The book paints a vivid picture of football before the formation of the Premier League and how a talented youngster from a footballing backwater fought his way through all the barriers and obstacles placed before him and got to the top.
An invigorating and inspiring read.
"The many faces of a football great - revealed for the first time." It is exactly these words at the back of the book, in combination with a hilarious and straight-talking radio interview, which tempted me into reading this book.
Southall, the legendary Everton and Wales Goalkeeper, has kept himself to himself after retirement. This is bucking the trend. In today's game, players seem to release autobiography's the minute they retire from the game or, worse still, before they've barely started and actually achieved anything. Southall has done something completely different: he gives a compelling insight into an utterly formidable career after achieving the many landmarks that has characterised his personal, footballing and post footballing career.
Whilst I may be an avid Everton fan, I am still as cautious as anyone in picking up a footballer's autobiography. So regularly they are boring, long-winded and purely a money making exercise. I feel this is very different for Southall: he is a man with a point to prove.
The Binman Chronicles outlines the quite extraordinary story of Southall's highly successful career as a Goalkeeper playing at the highest level of the national and international game. The young man from Llandudno (a small coastal town in Wales apparently) transforms from a binman waking up at 0430 to supplement his paltry income to the most formidable goalkeeper in the English game to a man dedicating his life to dealing with the disengaged youths in Kent. It should be clear that is by no means a normal football autobiography.Read more ›
know them personally. Neville is a funny guy and I reading his Book I feel as if he is sitting next to me and talking to me about his life. G R E A T.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Neville was a truly great goal keeper, but unfortunately I found this a dull readPublished 4 months ago by bluesman50
Great keeper. Very blunt,honest,forthright and opinionated. There is only one southall. A breed apart not your ordinary footballer but definitely misunderstoodPublished 4 months ago by Diamond