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Nobby Stiles: After the Ball - My Autobiography Hardcover – 18 Aug 2003
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The euphoria of a small, balding character is the image people recall most happily of England's 1966 World Cup triumph. But, as After The Ball proves, far from being the genial uncle of our collective memory, Nobby Stiles was just 24 on that historic day at Wembley, a vindictive and vicious onfield hard man at the summit of the game--and only five years away from a bitter slide out of the big time into penury.
Naturally there's plenty of 1966 in Stiles' autobiography After The Ball--much of it charmingly candid about the small humanities behind the legend--and plenty too on Stiles' hugely successful Manchester United career, touched by the tragedy of the Munich air disaster. But the darker side of a life in football--whether it be the love-hate relationships Stiles enjoyed and endured with bosses Matt Busby and Alf Ramsey, or the bloody Anglo-Argentine feuds at club and national level--are unexpected highlights. As is the honest appraisal of how and why life after football went so wrong for Stiles. Skint, and slogging round the country in jobs on the fringes of the game, when he was once football royalty, Stiles is honest enough to express the bitterness, resentment and hopelessness he felt, never more so than when sacked by Alex Ferguson after it had seemed United had rescued its former star from the wilderness. Stiles' collaborator, award-winning sports writer James Lawton, may well have given the recollections some structure and polish, but there is a real sense of immediacy and relish in the telling of even the more familiar tales. No doubt Stiles' late-blooming career on the after-dinner speaking circuit has played the major part in the process of reviewing and refining the story of his life in football, with the result that the personal and the humorous drive the narrative to happy effect, but "After The Ball" is no "great times, great mates" sleepwalk. As a player, so as a man: Stiles has plenty of bite. --Alex Hankin
Nobby Stiles, one of Britain's most famous footballers, tells his life story in this intriguing autobiography.See all Product description
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Interesting read with stuff I did not know.
Highly recommended for the older fan.
For those who know nothing about Nobby Stiles it is worth reading to look at the changes, and appreciate all that has been achieved in the world of football since the 1960's, and for those that do remember him just a glorious trip down memory lane to revive long-forgotten insights into the game of football.
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