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True Storey: My Life and Crimes as a Football Hatchet Man Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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"Superb. Equally contrite and confrontational, Storey opens up on playing, drinking and going to jail, demonstrating an excellent turn of phrase right from page one" (FourFourTwo)
"Storey's interesting, sobering book is a cautionary tale for all players to make the right choices of friends and investments" (Henry Winter Daily Telegraph)
"If you want a really entertaining book, read Peter Storey's autobiography" (John Motson, BBC Radio Five Live)
"Highly readable" (The Herald)
"Powerful and honest" (When Saturday Comes)
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This was a hard book to put down, but a man has to sleep and go to work ! I really enjoyed it and Storey comes across as so articulate and thoughtful, even when he's describing his hatchet work on many of the land's finest players. I was filled with respect for him when he admits that it was an aspect of the game he really didn't like.
It's full of great moments and observations and I won't spoil the book for anyone, but his views on Charlie George, Bob Wilson and the Sunderland/Leeds cup final of '73 are particularly memorable. His life after retirement isn't as interesting, but it was still a great read and object lesson in how not to dance on the wrong side of the law though he was hardly a dangerous criminal.
I love the front cover and it really sums up the book for me. One of my favourite autobiographies, and I can't even stand Arsenal !
Storey speaks openly about his times at Arsenal and England (he won 19 caps under Sir Alf )and of the problems that beset him when his playing days came to an end. He makes no excuses for the mistakes he made and despite the adverse publicity it comes thru of how proud he was to wear the red and white of Arsenal and also playing for his country. He
played many games for Arsenal and was always one never to shirk a tackle, sometimes a bit too fierce, not allowed in today's game ! As a club high on tradition I am not sure the players of that era are given enough credit so I encourage all Arsenal fans to buy a copy of this book and recall a time when players wanted to play for the pleasure of playing and not for the obscene amounts of money on offer.