In Search of Duncan Ferguson: The Life and Crimes of a Footballing Enigma Hardcover – 11 Sep 2014
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"An illuminating, well-sourced and forensic examination of the enigma of British football" (Henry Winter)
"A truly exceptional football biography, a study of one of the game’s great enigmas… sensitive and beautifully written" (Patrick Barclay)
"Duncan Ferguson’s life brought to book at last… gripping" (Scotsman)
"One of football’s biggest enigmas…The author has painstakingly interviewed and researched every aspect of the player’s life" (scotlandnow.dailyrecord)
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The author has spent a long time working on this and you can see where his time has been spent. He has spoken to a whole host of people from every stage in Duncan's career and there's a surprising amount of content about his time in Barlinnie. The real surprise is an interview that takes place in Finland. The off-pitch misdemeanours all get mentioned and the majority of the on-pitch ones along with a number of heated discussions with managers. The one omission is detailing the times he was harshly treated. I think mainly of the time Paul Durkin sent him off at Leicester for 'use of an elbow' when the defender had headed the back of his head and was prepared to testify to that effect. The FA weren't interested. Another ref told his linesman to 'keep an eye on him' but seemed to miss everything certain other players did.
The book is very accurate. Just a minor mistake relating to Everton's record in penalty shoot-outs and another one concerning Collina coming out of retirement to to do his dirty work in 2005.
There are one or two amusing quotes attributed to Dunc and, yes, that picture of Steffan Freund is included.
Ferguson was too often dismissed by fans and press alike as no more than a thug in a football shirt, but his role in the history of football and specifically in the history of Everton football club is much more significant than that. People forget that for a year he was Britains most expensive footballer, and although this was in a somewhat pre-internet era this news still generated a wave of national interest.
Dont forget that Ferguson could also play. At times he was the very definition of 'unplayable' and could terrorise opposition defences - although the word 'unplayable' when associated with Ferguson is often accompanied by a cautionary 'on his day', and Fergusons motivation (or often lack thereof) are explored in detail in the book.
And yes, Fergusons discipline problems are also explored in minute detail, from his numerous red cards, the the on the field issue that lead to him being the first player to be imprisoned for an action that occurred during a game, to his numerous previous criminal offences, his conflicts with fellow players and coaching staff, and the conflict he had with the Scottish Football Association that eventually saw him turn his back on the national game. Its all here.
I'm struggling to think of a better researched book involving of footballer than this one.Read more ›
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Only worth reading if you're a big time Dunc fan. Its slow and can be written far better for the casual fan!Published 6 months ago by Mr. N. Cantelow