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Secret Diary of a Liverpool Scout (PBack) Paperback – 3 May 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport Media (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190680270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906802707
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book earlier this week after it was recommended to me by a couple of friends. I've been an Annie Road season ticket holder for 28-years and I can honestly say that this is the best book I have ever read about Liverpool.
I raced through it in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down. Loads and loads of books have been published in recent years about the club, but this one is definitely the most unique in terms of the way it is written by the dry witted author, Simon Hughes, as well as the topic matter.
There are loads of stories in there that I haven't heard before about players that Liverpool might have signed after being scouted by Geoff Twentyman and of course, many stories about the players that eventually did end up at Anfield.
I reckon non-Liverpool fans would like the book as well because it's not just about the Reds. There are interviews in there with players like Martin Buchan (United), Andy Gray (Everton), Franny Lee (City) and Gordon McQueen to name just a few.
I really can't recommend this book enough to all proper football fans.
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Format: Hardcover
While an autobiography would have been better, this look back into Geoff Twentyman's life as a Liverpool scout was fascinating and startling. It showed how much work original scouts put into finding players. At the end of the day, it really demonstrated that you MUST have an eye for talent and personality to make the right decisions on players for the top level. Twentyman had that eye in abundance. There is no great detail on any player,it is just an impression but after gaining that impression, the man was able to decide if he was good enough or not and could fit into the Liverpool style of play and add to it. Many of his players could and did. It showed that the foundation to Liverpool's success was down to his findings. The proof is in the pudding and since Twentyman left Liverpool, with the exception of Dalglish's successful period, Liverpool gradually demised with poor scouting and player purchases that continue to this day. Oh for a Geoff Twentyman to be at Liverpool today, whose current scouts are the worst in top football.
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Format: Hardcover
A brilliant book which gives the reader a facinating insight into Liverpool Football Clubs' former "glory days". Stories are told about players, and managers, from other teams.around at that time. What a contrast betweeen how it was then, when money was so tight, and how it is today in the modern game of escalating transfer fees!
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As a Liverpool fan of over 30 years I knew Geoff Twentyman was Chief Scout during the 70's & 80's but it's only when the facts are put in print that you realise quite how critical a part he played in their ongoing success.

The book has been written using Twentyman's scouting diaries, interviews with his family & the players he recommended to sign, and more interestingly didn't recommend. Simon Hughes does a good job of piecing together the information from these three sources but I couldn't help think the book would have been an easier read if it was written as a traditional biography rather than a huge chunk of the book covering player-by-player stories. I hate to sound too critical after having enjoyed the book so much but there were a number of times where I felt the writing was a little amateurish, not just with regard to the layout but in particular where the writer's Liverpool-biased remarks are included. I'm a massive fan & no-one would be surprised to learn how I feel about United, Chelsea, etc but I don't feel the need to hammer this home just to tie my flag to the mast.

Overall it's a great idea for a book & works well. You can tell from the huge number of footballing greats who were keen to participate in this book, quite how brilliant Geoff Twentyman was at his job & arguably the greatest scout there ever was.
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A very difficult book to read. The author repeats himselfe over and over to the point of frustration. This is the only book I have deleted partially read, particularly about the subject matter. My son purchased the same book by coincidence and it had the same effect on him though he struggled on a little further than me. You are suppose to read for enjoyment not frustration. Do yourselves a favour and leave it on the shelf.
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The guy who was trusted with Shanklys eye and Liverpool's monies. This story spells the journey of the scout who saved Liverpool millions. His attitude to work and to watch so many games in the Liverpool cause. Liverpool owe him a lot. I bet Brendan Rogers had scouts like him
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Format: Hardcover
For any Liverpool supporter with an interest in the club's rich history, this is one of those "must-read" books. Geoff Twentyman's name is not one that will be immediately associated with success. Author Simon Hughes, however, finally brings to the public's attention the astonishing work Geoff did as Liverpool's chief scout for almost 20 years, a period that brought unparalleled success to the club through a succession of players and managers. Hughes has been able to do this thanks to the discovery of the meticulous diaries kept by Geoff himself during the years of his scouting for Liverpool, by talking to numerous well-known players, some of whom joined Liverpool and some of whom did not and by meeting and hearing the memories of Geoff's own family, principally his son William who still lives on Merseyside. There is no doubt that Geoff Twentyman is held in the highest regard by them all. Former Liverpool players that now hold legendary status amongst the club's massive fan-base have been moved to say things like "I loved Geoff. It's about time he gets recognition for all his work at Liverpool" (John Toshack) and "I owe my life to Geoff" (Phil Neal). Many of the players discovered by Twentyman won honours beyond their wildest dreams. Hughes does not claim that Twentyman's role was more important than any other employee of the club at the time. But he has thoroughly researched this wonderful book and given a rare glimpse into the workings of a professional football club that was run efficiently from top to bottom, an efficiency that reaped its rewards in terms of trophies won on a regular basis, certainly during most of the time that Geoff Twentyman was in charge of Liverpool's network of scouts.Read more ›
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