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on 17 August 2017
merson did loads of bad stuff, but he was also a talented footballer, having a addictive personality meant he couldn't stop when started. This is one of the saddest but funniest books, he reminds me of a kid wanting everything in the toy store. It is a book for footie fans who understand the pressure of the game, and the pitfalls and prizes that come with it.
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on 6 February 2014
The lifestyle of a top professional footballer is a recipe for disaster - lots of money and too much free time, with nothing to replace the 'buzz' of a 90-minute game until the next one comes along. Some stay grounded and focused, some go a little off the rails occasionally - and then there's Paul Merson!

This is a brutally honest account of the man's struggle to cope with life off the pitch and his addictions to drink, drugs and gambling. All of which might make the book sound a bit dark and depressing, but it's well-written in a chatty, conversational style which keeps it light, and there is plenty of humour in the mix as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed it - and I'm a Chelsea fan!
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on 6 March 2015
This may not be great or up there with some of the really well written footballing biographies but it's not bad either. If it were a football team it wouldn't be in the champions league but it would probably be still chasing a Europa league spot.

Merson certainly wasn't scared to take a walk on the wild side or gamble big literally and figuratively. He recounts some cracking stories about various high jinks with fellow professionals and people who should know better and he was undoubtedly a great if not inconsistent talent who never really reached the regular heights he might have.

This is a decent enough read as there is plenty of chaos fuelled antics going on, headlines, bans, stint in rehab etc which help to make it a worthwhile read.
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on 3 December 2014
You do wonder how is Paul Merson still alive after reading this book.

It's a brutally honest account of how a very talented footballer lost his way with drink and drugs.

Really is worth a read for its honesty and to remind you what a truly gifted footballer he was.
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on 21 October 2017
Really enjoyed this. Very honest reflection on his life as a footballer. Some very sad and also funny moments. One of the best football biographies I have read.
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on 20 September 2012
I'm a fan of footballers autobiographies and after reading Tony Adams and Paul Mcgrath's turbulent paths through footballing life I didn't think that anything could top it. This book had me hooked from start to finish and the stories are non stop and frankly its unbelievable how Paul could play at the top for so long with all the 'activities' outside of football which would have finished many other people off. Again the book may not be to everyones liking, but I loved it and it comes well recommended.
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on 23 March 2015
Alcoholic, gambling addicted, drug user who happens to be a top footballer. There is a real story to be told. Unfortunately, this book isn't it. It's far too superficial. The writing style also grates: full of 'worldies', 'mares', and the like. Although it's now 40 years old, imo Dunphy's 'Only a Game?' remains the best book written about football. That book is Ronaldo, this book is Ronald who plays Sunday morning kick abouts with his mates.
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on 6 November 2017
Honest stories from Paul's football career from Highbury to the Bescott including his battles with alcohol drug and gambling addiction...
Well written
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on 1 March 2015
A tragic tale from a man who has accepted responsibility and is not scared to tell events how they were instead of putting a gloss on or blaming others. Makes you feel for his loss, and to be pleased he seems to have put himself back on track. Should be required reading for football fans.
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on 13 January 2012
This was the first book that I read from my newest order of Amazon books, and it's intersting, informative, IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT MATTER.

It's very much a tell-all book, and the writing style is conversational - you can imagine Paul Merson sitting there saying this into a recorder. Merse gets "paro" a lot, and tells a few tales. It's hardly shakespeare but easy to read 5-10 pages at a time and then put it down

As a long-time Gooner, it's a fascinating insight into what was going on with Arsenal players 20-25 years ago, and the Arsenal specific content is recommended for football fans who were watching pre-League football and can remember what it was like.

Arsenal fans will think it's a good purchase and a solid read, while Boro, Villa and Walsall fans will be less impressed.
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