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You Can Have Chips: The Autobiography of Steve Wignall Hardcover – 20 Mar 2009
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A true football story from a true football man. This is not a story of ferraris, glamour models and oodles of cash. But here is a story of a determined man, working his way up the football ladder. There are tales of joy, laughter and tears. An absorbing story of life as a jobbing footballer, manager and coach, warts and all. --Glenn Speller, BBC Radio Essex 103.5 & 95.3 FM (Sports Producer)
It is great to have an incite to Steve s background as Steve was the man that turned me from an amateur footballer to a professional with Colchester United, it s also good to see that Steve and I have not only travelled and played for the same clubs but Steve has been through many of the same ups and down s in football as I have. I owe Steve for giving me my chance , for that I am forever grateful! --Paul Gibbs, Ex-Professional Footballer
Steve was an excellent professional and an honest no nonsense performer. I had no hesitation in making him captain at Brentford as he had the full respect of all the staff and fellow players. Therefore I am sure his book will prove to be an excellent read with his professionalism and honesty showing through. --Frank McLintock, Ex-Professional Footballer and Manager
Steve Wignall boasts the rare distinction of both playing for and managing Colchester United. As a stylish yet combative central defender he made more than 350 appearances as a player and enjoyed the kudos of two Wembley finals and a promotion as one of the club's most successful managers. Steve's enthusiasm to pen his autobiography without the usual ghost writer shines through in his honesty, thoroughness and attention to detail and makes the life and times of this ultra professional footballer, coach and team boss a compelling read from cover to cover. --Francis Ponder, Colchester Gazette (Sports Editor)
In recent years bookshops have been flooded by celebrity biographies. However, while many of them tell us nothing we didn't already know, the latest offering from Steve Wignall should throw a new light on the beautiful game. You Can Have Chips! is released today and promises to be a warts and all account of a footballers' life. Born in Liverpool, Wignall joined Doncaster Rovers as an apprentice, a club he later managed, and went on to play for Colchester, Brentford and Aldershot. "This book provides a fascinating insight into what really goes on behind the scenes and highlights just how much the game has changed over the years," says Wignall's spokesman Chris Cowlin. "It's an honest account of the highs and lows of life as a professional footballer. It doesn't matter what club you play for or at what level, the skills required to survive and succeed in the tough world of football remain the same." And not a WAG in sight. --Yorkshire Post
About the Author
Steve Wignall was born in Liverpool in 1954 and his early love of football was cemented at the age of nine when his father took him to Anfield for the first time. Having trained with the junior team at Liverpool FC, Steve was disappointed not to receive an apprenticeship with them at age 16. An able grammar school student he then rejected a more academic path to sign as an apprentice with Doncaster Rovers. This proved to be the start of a long and successful career playing for Doncaster, Colchester, Brentford and Aldershot before cutting his teeth in management with Aldershot Town. He went on to manage Colchester United and Stevenage before returning to Doncaster Rovers as manager in 2000 followed by a brief spell managing Southend United in 2003. Steve Wignall is married to his childhood sweetheart Anne, and has two grown up sons and one daughter.
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