Running Through Walls: Dave Langan Paperback – 19 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Limerick man Trevor Keane is the chief soccer writer for Sportsnewsireland.com, an online site dedicated to sport in Ireland and abroad. He is the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish football managers. He also works in the financial services sector and lives in Kilkenny. Alan Conway is a former Shelbourne youth player, whose career was cut short due to an injury received whilst on trial with Manchester United. He recovered to become a qualified journalist. He writes for many online publications as well as for sportsnewsireland.com and still manages to play some ball.
Top Customer Reviews
Dave Langan was one of the first players I can remember seeing, as my dad brought me along to Lansdowne Road in the early 80s. There were more storied names in some of those teams, but it was the flying right full that tackled everything that stuck in my mind.
However once the pinnacle of international football (and domestic honours) has been reached, it brings you through the many descents that the man faced, as well as responsibilities ducked throughout his life. Throughout the recounting of these travails, the author is never less than honest in standing up to his failings.
We are left with a book that tells the story of an honest, decent, proud man, lucky enough to play football at the top level. Should be mandatory reading for every young professional footballer to show them the meaning of pride in the jersey, however fleeting their time in a jersey might be.
I noted the conversational style of the book and felt like I could be sat with Davy listening to the man himself. It was written as the story was spoken and appreciate this must have been a very therapeutic exerience for Davy to undertake this book. His humility and sense of values comes through very strongly. He has a similar background to my own father and he too was driven by a sense of duty, family and 'always doing the right thing'! That was demonstrated clearly by Davy in his style of football and passion for his team and country. Again I can relate to his humility and shyness, and his 'coming alive' with his pals once he'd had a drink, enjoying a wee bet and a laugh with those he was close, traits my ole dad had too.
I found Davy's love for the game and the fans shone out, and his words indeed conveyed the sense of frustration, desperation and sadness he must have felt when his career, and indeed personal life collapsed around him. I am heartened to read and see he is now content and happy within himself A big man has opened his heart with an honest account of the ups and so many downs in his life.
How many of us were shocked and a litle choked to see our famous right back struggle to get on and off the pitch during his benefits match? I thank Davy for sharing these moments with us, my respect for him is immense.Read more ›
His honesty through good times and a lot of bad ones was refreshing.
We all idolize footballers and their current lifestyle,
Davy was one of the less fortunate clutch of footballers
pre premier league riches time,who ended up homeless.
Dave loves the game,that shines through the pages,
if only the same could be said of most
modern day cash rich professionals
A real football fans must read.
Dave deserves his royalties for this great book 5stars..."Russ Hogg"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read about Dave Langan ,shame he wasn't playing for Oxford United today and earning lots of money ,as was His worth for the pleasure he gave to many ,good luck for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not only was David Langan a hero when he played for Birmingham City F.C., but for Ireland too. I was sad when I heard that he had problems off the field with his health though.Published on 28 April 2014 by Michael James Talbot
I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Langan when I was a ballboy for Birmingham City in about 1981ish. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2013 by Laurence Orr
A great read whether you're a football fan or not. A must read for fans of Derby County, Oxford & Peterborough. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by Donny fan
The read was very interesting I would recomend as a biography but the poor quality of the manufacture meant I could not read this again as all pages became loose on first read!Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by S A DAY
Loved Langan as a player but it's not a great book for the neutral and, even for a keen BCFC fan like me, it was a bit of a struggle. It doesn't seem to have been properly edited. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2012 by Amazon Customer