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Red Card Roy Hardcover – 20 Aug 2012
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"Roy McDonough would eat Vinnie Jones for breakfast." --The Daily Telegraph
''A lower-league football legend, who was Premier League with a drink in his hand.'' --Paul Merson
''An eye-opening journey deep into the dark reaches of football's lower levels. This book is as far removed from all-seater stadiums, perfect pitches and the pasta-and-hydration culture of modern football as you could possibly get. You can feel every crunching challenge and almost taste the beer... it's not for the faint hearted!'' -- FourFourTwo
''The story of much-travelled and thoroughly incendiary former lower league player and manager Roy McDonough, Red Card Roy is a superb portrait of a fascinating character.'' -- Oliver Holt, chief sports writer Daily Mirror
''Roy McDonough didn't pull any punches when he played - and certainly doesn't now in this roller coaster of an autobiography. He tells it how it was - one great adventure, in which Roy was the Ringmaster, Comedian and Grandmaster Barman. Fantastic memories - drunken or otherwise - in which there was a very good football player having the time of his life.'' --Terry Butcher
''Roy was the George Best of the lower leagues.'' --Mick Rathbone, author of The Smell of Football
''The perfect antidote to anyone who believes football begins and ends with the Premier League. Red Card Roy is football in the raw and a brilliant read.'' --Dave Kidd, chief sports writer, The People
''A very readable book written by a player who plied his trade out of the limelight... Roy writes with brutal honesty, pulls no punches and doesn't hide away from anything that went on.'' -- John Motson
''Down where the wild things are, McDonough's reputation as football's Vlad the Impaler preceeded him.'' ----- Tony Parsons, best-selling author.
''Roy gave me my big break in football - coaching me both on the pitch and down the pub - propelling me to a Premier League career and the 2002 World Cup. He was a loveable rogue who worked hard and played hard. The type of genuine character sadly missing from the modern-day game.'' --Former Ireland captain, Mark Kinsella
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A five star book from a guy that I have had the pleasure of meeting. His stories & anecdotes are legendary.
If you ever need present / gift idea this book should be a must.
Not my favourite footy auto but its up there somewhere
Roy's quite honest and pulls no punches
You can't help thinking Roy was his own worst enemy a lot of the time but he knows this
And you can't deny he had a great time doing what he did best :-)
Then you get "Red Card Roy" the story of Roy McDonough, a player whose 20 plus year career spanned top flight spells with Birmingham and Chelsea down to the lower divisions with the likes of Southend United, Colchester and Exeter ending up in the non-league game with Heybridge Swifts. What sets Roy McDonough apart from an average footballer with a tale to tell is that his tale is worth telling, from the heartbreak of release from Birmingham as a youngster to a desperately lonely spell at Chelsea, Roy's story is heart warming and evocative of an era where all night benders, untold female conquests and practical jokes were part and parcel of every football club in the land. Some of the tales recounted include the theft of Perry Groves' pyjamas, a lass called "Fishy Mary" and drunken coach trips home from away games.
Then there is the red cards, 22 of them, 13 in the Football League both still a record in English football. You thought Cantona was the first exponent of a kung fu kick at a British Football Ground then you would be wrong, ask Tony Pulis, scythed in two by Super Roy just 7 minutes into an FA Cup tie. Why? Just for being Tony Pulis.
The great thing about this book is that Roy, like in his playing career, shies away from nothing and you get the lot, from his playing career, drink and disciplinary problems to personal and relationship break downs. Bernie Friend has done a truly outstanding job piecing together Roy's rollercoaster career into one of the best footballer autobiographies of modern times. Highly recommended, however, please avoid if you are easily shocked!
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Never saw McDonough play, but he gives a frank account, very frank account, of life in the lower leagues,...Read more
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