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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing; Main edition (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783350334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783350339
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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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)

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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.

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Enjoyable read, funny at Times. Easy reading
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Really interesting book and great to get a different take on the footballing world. Well written and definitely keeps the pages turning
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In the second instalment of the Secret Footballer’s dabble with books, it’s hard to imagine what more could be presented that hadn’t already been done. And while there are some interesting tales, but not enough to fully satisfy. The concept naturally prevents too many specifics, but there is still to opportunity to keep guessing as to who he is, and who he refers to. But he increasingly comes across as a bit of a pain in the you know what.

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.
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I enjoyed the first half of it, the remainder was a bit of a struggle as it's just a series of chapters such as "could I be an agent", "could I be a manager", "could I work in Costa" etc...none of which I found particularly interesting but maybe that's just me.

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!
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I read the other 2 'secret footballer' books prior to reading this one, and I found this one had much less insight into the world of an actual footballer and was more based on the secret football's life, specifically him exploring various avenues to stay in the game after retirement. I still found the book interesting and always find this series of books easy to read, as I agree and respect what the author has to say most of the time. However, if you're looking for a book which gives you detailed insight into the normal life of footballers, which I personally found more interesting, try "the secret player"
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I gave the 1st one a good rating
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
for instance
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.
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I really enjoyed the first book from The Secret Footballer. It gave us football fans a real insight into the world that most of us wish we were gifted enough, as footballers, to be a part of.

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.
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