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The Banksy of the beautiful game. (Shortlist)
If you are tired of reading autobiographies that merely brush over what life as a footballer is really like then Tales from the Secret Footballer is something you have to read. The author's off-the-record look at the beautiful game will teach you more about football than you knew were possible. (Sports Gazette)
What happens behind closed doors at Premiership clubs usually stays firmly shut behind closed doors. Not if the Secret Footballer has anything to do with it. (Loaded)
Tales from the Secret Footballer, from the bestselling author of I am the Secret Footballer. Who is the Secret Footballer? Well he's back, and this time he's not alone.See all Product description
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It’s hard to feel any sympathy at times with the financial complications he found himself in with a particular club. The circumstances scream “Portsmouth” to me, but I could be wrong. However, the author details how the missed pay packets put his home at risk, and that is naturally a real concern. What never seems to have occurred to him though is that perhaps he could have moved to a property that didn’t require a £16,000 a month mortgage.
A chapter devoted to his youthful drug taking seems at odds with the whole concept. What we’re after is anecdotes from behind the scenes at football clubs rather than his teenage drugs dabbling. He does at least move on to discuss drugs in football, but the numerous pages of laboured introduction to the subject seem unnecessary.
The kind of anecdote that we do want is given a marvellous example in the story of going to see Tottenham play in Milan with his father. It’s both insightful and funny; the hallmark of what we expect from the Secret Footballer, but sadly there just aren’t enough examples like this to make the book worthwhile.
The second half of the book brings more insight as he looks at various after football career possibilities.Read more ›
If TSF is indeed Dave Kitson as has been suggested, these chapters seem a bit nonsensical as it suggests he could be a Director of Football at a high level yet in the real world he is assistant manager for some pub team!
But this one is nowhere near as interesting or as informative as number 1
Im going to describe it like this
Its a book that lives on the hope that because you liked the 1st you'll buy the sequel
That's what I did now I'm going out of my way to warn others not to waste there money
There's bits of information that you'll find interesting but there's also a lot more waffle
Basically they had about 20% worth telling then they've just filled it with 80% of boring nonsense
I skipped more pages than I ever have in other books
He likes to talk about quantom physics it seemed to go on forever I went into scan skip, scan skip, scan skip mode , Anyway that's my moan complete purchase it if you must but don't say you wasn't told.
P.s does anyone have a idea who it is
I don't think its Dave kitson.
I don't care who The Secret Footballer is. I kind of like the fact that we don't know his identity. It makes it more believable, more honest, more real. Of course there has been many names banded about, all 'it could be him', I just think that adds to the mystery.
So when I saw there was a new book and didn't even hesitate and purchased it straight away. And I'm glad I did. This book offers more insightful stories and paints a picture of the modern day footballer, what goes on behind the scenes, the stuff we all wish we could be flies on the wall for. It tells of tactics, stories from the pre season tours and changing rooms, about the mindset of a professional sportsman. It really is unputdownable and I read it cover to cover in a few days.
For me, I enjoyed Tales From The Secret Footballer even more than the first. It seems to have managed to get the reader even closer to the action which is all I could've hoped for from a follow up and more.
I sincerely hope there will be more books in this series. Whoever it is, he's tapped into an area that all us football fans want - to know what REALLY goes on after they've re-crossed that white line to go back to the changing room and behind the scenes.
Truly gripping. More please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a small gift for my partner who isn't a huge reader but finished it within a couple of weeks. He really enjoyed the readPublished 6 months ago by JF
I've read quite a few of the columns and I enjoyed the first part of the book but I found it wearing after a while. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brutally honest insight that makes you want to read it all in one sitting.Published 12 months ago by Grant McRoberts