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Walking Tall Hardcover – 20 Sep 2007
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In a macho world, he is refreshingly candid about the anxieties that beset players. (Saturday Times Magazine)
The English public have always loved a goalscorer and Crouch has shown there is much more to his fame than simply being "robot boy". (Guardian)
The lofty man of English football gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his remarkable rise to the top.See all Product description
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But not a bit of it. "Dad remembers his first visit to that Medway town in Kent quite clearly," writes Crouch. OK not good prose, but let's read on. Bruce, the dad, is a top line advertising executive (salesman) who visits a pub where the locals are "watching 'Supermarket Sweep' on television and betting on it with cash." He then observes a chap pouring oil into a drain while his child gambols merrily with a Staffordshire bull terrier. "If you've never had the pleasure of visiting Gillingham," says Crouch, "I hope that puts you in the picture."
He goes on to recount a nasty experience at the Priestfield early in his career when, playing for QPR, he got some abuse.
"Looking around at the faces of the home support at Gillingham, the irony was never lost on me that these people had the cheek to call me a 'freak'. Perhaps they should have taken a look at themselves first,"
That was 7 years ago, and he is still talking about it. This is a man who has lost all sense of reality. A man who doesn't realise what business he is in.
So watch out, if you ever deal with a member of the Crouch family. If you don't smile in just the right way you will be written up in volume 2.
Peter acknowledges his roots and the closeness and support from his family and friends along the journey which has had many ups and downs. A very dignified appraisal of others in the game with an authentic realism. There are plenty humorous moments to enjoy - ‘Eggyboff’ anyone? - a perfect introduction to his new book which has become a number one seller. Highly recommended!
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