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The Smell of Football Hardcover – 2 Aug 2011

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing; 1st edition (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907637141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907637148
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I heard about this book from reading the five-star review in FourFourTwo, and so I got it straight away and I must say it doesn't disappoint. `Baz' gives a great insight into the world of football, having spent 35 years in the game as a player, physio and manager. What I also thought was really interesting and also quite surprising was the confidence issues he faced as a young player rising through the youth ranks to the first team of the club he supported as a boy, Birmingham City. The parts about his sensitivity to dressing-room banter from his teammates and his stage-fright at playing alongside his footballing hero Trevor Francis are particularly shocking. When reading the book you really feel like you get to know Baz, and his warmth and sense of humour really comes across. He's honest and intelligent and can certainly tell a good tale, and I'd definitely recommend this book to any fans of football, or sport in general.
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I heared Baz talking about his book on the NSNO podcast and immediately ordered it from Amazon . It arrived this morning and I was unable to put it down . From the foreward by Phil Neville to the postscripts by many of Baz's friends and colleagues at the end , every page was a joy tinged with a touch of sadness. A fantastic insight to all aspects of professional football from top to bottom experienced by a gentleman who overcame his demons to reach what for me personally would be the pinnacle of football ... Working for Everton FC in a position that he was loved , respected and admired by all . If you want to try to get inside the minds of our current professionals and what makes them tick or read how different it is from one end of the spectrum to the other then you have to read this .
The highest rating I am allowed to give is a 5* but for Baz this is a Sunday People 10
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Funny, heartwarming and most importantly honest insight into the other sides of the beautiful game. A million miles away from the WAG and wages we associate with football today. The book follows 'Baz' on his journey from cowering apprentice to star player, manager at the bottom and then physio at the top. You find yourself willing him to speak up and at some points in the book shut up (his first meeting with his wife!) A brilliant read for all football fans!
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An honest, insightful and often hysterical look at the glamorous (and not so glamorous) world of professional football.
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!
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Met Baz about one month ago and he told me he had a book out, at the start I thought why is a Physio/fitness coach bringing a book out. As I soon found out Baz was not just a normal Physio/fitness coach! I got to know him a bit more and soon realised how good and how long a career he had as both a player and also as the Physio at Preston and Everton( not forgetting his time at Halifax either). As a footballer myself I can relate in a lot of ways to what Baz writes about in his book, and for someone who is a big fan of football this book gives a much more truthful insight into the game than any other football related books I've previously read. The book has some fantastic stories ranging from being a young kid starting out and also about being a very important member of staff at a really top club in the premier league. it was a pleasure to work with Baz for the last month or so and a pleasure to read and learn more about the top man that Baz is. People involved in the game will love this book because it's truthful and fans will get the real insight into the game they love. A great read. Well done Baz!!
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Great book from a man who has seen all sides of football. From a player, caretaker, manager and physio and all round good bloke, who is well respected by players, managers and supporters. You wont put this book down until you have read it from cover to cover. Well worth buying for yourself or a gift for a friend.
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Mick Rathbone's outstanding memoir of life as a journeyman footballer, manager and physio completes, in my view, possibly the best year for sporting memoirs that we've seen. With great autobiographies by renowned athletes David Millar and Paul Lake, the former Everton physio offers something very different.

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.
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