The Smell of Football Hardcover – 2 Aug 2011
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Rathbone's autobiography is a superb read - Five Stars --FourFourTwo magazine, July 1 2011
A fantastic insight into the real world of football- a cracking read. --Oliver Holt, The Daily Mirror, July 11 2011
You can almost smell the liniment as you turn the pages of Mick Rathbone's unique take on life. --Shaun Custis, The Sun, July 12 2011
`Bazil' Rathbone's book is like a great football match. It has drama, humour, tribulations and triumphs.
--Gordon Taylor, July 13 2011
About the Author
Mick 'Baz' Rathbone is unique in the game of professional football in that he has been a player, manager and physio. A no-nonsense full back, between 1975 and 1995 he turned out for Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End and Halifax Town, where he began his career as a physio and ended up managing the team as they battled to retain their place in the Football League. He went on to become physio at Preston North End in 1995 and then in 2002 he was appointed Head of Medicine at Everton FC by David Moyes. He left Everton in 2010 but continues to work in professional football in a freelance capacity, most recently for the England U17 team, Preston North End and Coventry City.See all Product Description
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The highest rating I am allowed to give is a 5* but for Baz this is a Sunday People 10
This will bring a smile to your face. It would make a cracking gift for anyone with an interest in football. Great read! LOVED IT!
A player with Birmingham, Blackburn and Preston, a manager with Halifax and then a physio at Preston and Goodison, the first inclination to a figure who has toiled in football's less glamorous avenues may be ambivalence. But while Rathbone's career lacks some lustre, this doesn't matter. For he is a searingly - often brutally - honest character, who writes with such expertise that one feels as if they are with him through every page of this brilliant book. The Smell of Football is an apposite title for one can almost sense the waft of liniment and Deep Heat, as if peering over Rathbone's shoulder throughout.
The opening pages that recount his days as a novice professional at Birmingham are almost heart-breaking. Rathbone was so struck with nerves playing for his boyhood club - and alongside his hero Trevor Francis - that he seems almost doomed to failure. There are are happier years at Blackburn and Preston, but life as a 1980s lower league footballer was also replete with financial uncertainties and Rathbone's awareness of his own shortcomings as a player and - at times - a person make this intriguing.
Then there is a spell as caretaker manager of Halifax that reveals the shocking haphazardness of life in the lower leagues. Rathbone admits he was appointed as an afterthought by his chairman and knew he never stood a chance. Once more, the honesty is almost heart-breaking.Read more ›
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I had seen a lot of comments from fellow football fans on Twitter saying what a great read this book was and they were totally right. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Calvin.
This book is all about life in the on the coal face.
A really good read which is very funny at times and gives a huge insight to what life on the Football factory life over... Read more
A very honest, funny and interesting book. A great insight into football and Baz himself! Definitely worth a read !Published 16 months ago by Red Mosquito
I am always weary of books about football, believing most autobiographies to be ghost written. This one is different, however. Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Peter Steward
Not many will know of Mick Rathbone the footballer but provided you're interested in football in general at the highest level from back in the day right uptp modern day.... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by Mr J Reid