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The Secret Player Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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The identity of the Secret Player must remain under wraps. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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There are several differences between the afore mentioned book. This author seems to have played at a higher level (for better clubs) than the Secret Footballer. He has earned more money, played for England, had a chance once to join one of the top Premier League clubs (I think it was Liverpool). He hasn't played non-league or in a league lower than the Championship.
This author comes across as much more "one of the lads" than the Secret Footballer. The writing style of this book is different - The Secret Footballer seems to have a wider vocabulary than The Secret Player. This doesn't actually make much of a difference really. They both have a similar writing style which at times seems a bit chaotic. Although TSF uses very flowery words, the rhythm of the prose is very similar. TSF seems to be a far more sensitive soul, he seems older and is perhaps nearer to the end of his short career.
Each book tackles a wide range of topics - managers, agents, wages, footballers and women, homosexuality, football fans, the structure of a club, the dressing room, "the banter". The same conclusion is reached on a lot of the issues discussed. Each drops enough clues for you to have a stab at figuring out who the guy is. TSP wears Adidas Copa Mundial boots which are old school black and white. I am a season ticket holder at Spurs and believe me you can count on one hand the number of Premiership players who wear old school boots and not ridiculous fluorescent numbers.
One aspect that TSF explores in more depth is mental health, because he has actually suffered/suffers from depression. TSP talks about it but in relation to others who have suffered and the need not to ever bring it up with the club if you do suffer as it will be the end of you - "his heads not right".
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in football.
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