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on 9 November 1999
John Barnes has not only given an account of his upbringing and glory days (and the less glorious times) with Watford, Liverpool and England, but he has provided a perspective on professional football from a black man's point of view. It's more his remarks on racism in British football that are most interesting and his insights to the English psyche. Your average person will be embarrassed by the racist taunts and jeers Barnes received throughout his playing career. At least we hope you will be embarrased if not outraged by the racism he encountered from the many slurs and bananas thrown his way. He has dealt with racism nearly all of his life, so it's no surpise this ugly isde of the game and society is a constant theme throughout his book.
There are some very funny anecdotes that lighten the book and make for some pleasurable reading. However, at no time does the author let you forget that he is as serious and passionate about football as anyone else, even if he does not wave his fist in the air and scream and shout. Here lies another misconception ( he's laid back so he must not really care) about John Barnes the person that he does his best at every opportunity to correct.
There are times when I get the impression he is aplogizing for not living up to the publics expectations of him, yet he provides a clear and insightful account of why it's not always easy to perfrom the same way for your club as it is for your country. Overall, I would have to say John Barnes' autobiography is well worth reading for both the football fan and non-football fan alike.
Ajit Korgaokar, Nashville, TN USA
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on 29 October 1999
this is a great book. It tells you more than just about John Barnes the footballer, it tells you about John barnes the man.
Tracing his life from his days as a young boy in Jamaica through to his early days in football with Watford, his constant fight against racism, life at liverpool and up untill his management career kicked off at Celtic.
this is a must read for any football fan or anyone who wants to read about an interesting man. Buy it now.
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on 21 November 2002
This book truly enlightened me into the career of a wonderful sportsman. Barnes undoubtedly was one of England's finest sportsman. Starting from his youth in Jamaica up to his final footballing days in Celtic, this book is the complete story. Barnes gives his personal opinions of the racist taunts that he was sadly to suffer, as well as the pride that he felt representing his country. This book is a must for all football fans, whether you are a keen admirer of John Barnes or not i definitely recommend this book
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on 9 November 1999
John Barnes has always been my big hero. In this book he tells about his life, coming to London seeing snow for the first time, facing racism, breaking into the Watford first team, reaching the cup final, joining Liverpool, the dreadful Hillsborough disaster, the decline of LFC, the socially inapt Ruud Gullit, the move to Charlton and finally taking over the managerial role of Celtic. In between he has a bit of an ego trip telling about his family and everything they do, and his views on reincarnation etc. doesnt have to be agreed with. Always interesting for the Liverpool fan is the little stories about who drank the most, Steve Nicol getting the mickey all the time etc etc. If you are a Barnes fan or Liverpool fan this is compulsory. If not, reading Faust would be time put to better use. But its better than watching TV anyways.
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on 16 June 2013
I was very pleased that the book arrived within a day of ordering it and it is in good condition considering the age. I am happy with my purchase and thank you.
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on 31 December 2014
Brilliant book about an amazing player
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on 22 November 2013
OMG I'm glad our John was a great footballer because he's no storyteller.

I was hoping for an autobiography to match his Liverpool playing career, but what I got was on par with his Celtic managerial career.

Boring.
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on 29 September 2009
The book was received in the stated condition and was received in the time specified.
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