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The Tin Man: The Ted McMinn Story Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Oct 2008
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Ted McMinn is one of football's cult heroes. In a rollercoaster career that took in Scotland, England and Spain, Ted became a firm favourite with the fans first at Rangers and then at Derby County.In this remarkable new autobiography, McMinn lifts the lid on his incredible life and career for the first time. He tells how being abandoned by his mother spurred him on to play for Glasgow Rangers. He recalls how he helped them win a cup final by removing his own plaster after breaking his ankle. And he reveals how Graeme Souness drove him out of Ibrox when his boozy exploits culminated in him and 'Gers hero Ally McCoist being charged with assault. The story also includes his overseas adventure with legendary manager Jock Wallace, his return to the UK when he scored on his debut for Derby and the freak injury that made him miss the World Cup.He also lifts the lid on his three failed marriages and why he tore up his own contract to flee to Australia. There's his controversial spell in management with Mark Wright that collapsed when the former England captain was sacked for racial abuse.And there's the mystery illness that forced surgeons to amputate his leg and led to suicidal depression. But throughout his controversial career there were good times as well as bad and Ted McMinn has had more than his share of both, like the time he raised thousands for charity on a mammoth bike ride that concluded with a triumphant testimonial match watched by fans from around the world. In "The Tin Man", Ted McMinn now tells the true story of his remarkable life both on and off the pitch.
About the Author
Ted McMinn is a legend both at Rangers and at Derby County and this is his first book. Robin Hutchison was born in Glasgow and brought up in Derby. He watched The Tin Man's Derby County home debut against Manchester United at the Baseball Ground in February 1988 standing on a borrowed milk crate. He now lives in London and works in the Public Relations department of bookmakers Ladbrokes.
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Ted McMinn was a whole hearted, honest player, and this book is a worthy and fitting testimony to his life and his career in football. Its not overly sentimental. Its not big headed and boastful. It recounts a hard passage from childhood to the memorable 2006 testimonial match of Derby v Rangers, and the ups and downs along the way, including the amputation of his right leg.
Ted was not the greatest player ever to play for Derby or Rangers, but he was a good player and there weren't many who were more honest or brave. He is brave enough to be honest in this book. It covers his career as a professional footballer with terrific insights into his relationships with Graeme Souness, Jock Wallace, Marco 'gobs***e' Gabbiadini, Barry Fry, Nigel Clough, Brian Clough, Mark Wright, the paranoid Billy Davies and his chairman minder etc etc. It covers the parallel story of several disastrous marriages along the way.
Ted has achieved two or three landmark successes.
His testimonial / benefit match of 2006 is still the record attendance at Pride Park, which is an amazing statistic.
This book is another landmark. There is none of the padding or easy trivialities that feature in so many Sports biographies.
Riding the tackles and the hard knocks, it has the knock-you-off-your-feet outspoken honesty of Charlie George.
Ted marked his home debut with a head down charge and a 25 yarder into the top corner v Man Utd.
With this book he does it again. Head down. Bang. Back of the net! Terrific read.
This is a book that dispels any myths about how the beautiful game used to be played. It offers one players insight into what goes on behind the scenes at a football club. And it opens your eyes to Ted's world - when I stood on the Pop Side or sat in the C-Stand cheering him on, I wanted to have his life. Having read this book, I'll stick with my own, thank-you.
I was at Pride Park for Ted's Benefit Game. Easily one of the best days I have ever had at a football stadium. Both sets of fans were superb, but the Rangers fans were simply magnificent. A full-house, with no segregation, enjoyed watching their heroes play-out a tremendous game under the blazing sun of a bank holiday weekend. My abiding memory was of the Rangers fan who ran on to the pitch to hug Ted at half-time. As he returned to the stand, the weekends drink intake caught up with him and he face-planted the ground as he tried to do a cartwheel. Myself and 30,000 others were crying with laughter.
The players that turned up to play made the day. I'd have paid double just to see Stuart Pearce score and celebrate in a Derby top, before kissing the Ram on his shirt. Priceless.
A great read from a great player. Thank you, Ted, for so many great memories.