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Mr Anon 12:24 Thu Sep 5
Best football biographies
Got a couple of free tokens to use in audible and fancy a good football biography, any suggestions? Tempted by Peter Crouch's one as he always seems quite funny.

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dax47988 11:09 Sat Sep 7
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Michael Owen's one just seems to be confirming what a cunt he is............

Irish Hammer 3:15 Sat Sep 7
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Garrincha - The Legend of Little Bird

By Alex Bellos

Really enjoyed it.

mashed in maryland 6:46 Fri Sep 6
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George Best's

All the rest I've tried have been really boring

Raymond Duck 4:00 Fri Sep 6
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Jack & Bobby - A Story of Brothers in Conflict is worth a read

violator 11:34 Thu Sep 5
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Red card Roy

Eastside surge 11:23 Thu Sep 5
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I enjoyed tony cascarino’s book very honest and warts an all

geoffpikey 10:30 Thu Sep 5
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Never read one. But selected quotes from Michael Owen's seem to be fun. Cnting everyone in the bastard. Shearer and Beckham early doors, from the bits released.

And I am no fan of Owen, obviously. He must have decided: football: fuck that. Little bloke, huge ego.

Sven Roeder 9:18 Thu Sep 5
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Was going to mention that one ... Only A Game?
But thought people might find reading the story of an early 70’s season of a Millwall player a step too far.

Leonard Hatred 8:58 Thu Sep 5
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Eamonn Dunphy's is good as well.

lab 8:54 Thu Sep 5
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lincslink , yep , anything else on this thread comes anywhere near it.

martinbritt_63 8:36 Thu Sep 5
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Greavsie - the autobiography.

Well written and disarmingly honest - warts and all disclosure of his travails with alcohol - playing in the era before the minimum wage when players were serfs. A really good read about the greatest pure goalscorer I've ever seen.

mallard 8:25 Thu Sep 5
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Takashi Miike 12:44 Thu Sep 5
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I doubt they've done an audio version of it but Tim Crane's book 'They Played For John Lyall' is worth £25 of any fan's money. it's brilliant




That’s an amazing book, just finished reading it. I particularly liked the respectful forward from Alex Ferguson

New Jersey 8:13 Thu Sep 5
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I really enjoyed Gary Nelson's first book so must get his second, agree with earlier posters Keane's, Fergies and Niall Quinn's are good. Liked the Mark Ward one, what a state to get into!

Keegan's and Dalglish's were fucking boring and Joey Barton's is shit when he spouts on about philosophy but to be fair some of the anecdotes aren't bad, his spat with Fat Frank at England isn't true, unfortunately!

zico 7:50 Thu Sep 5
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terry-h 4:00 Thu Sep 5

Totally agree. Still saddens me that as it was totally unnecessary, especially considering QPR wanted him a couple of years prior to 85/86 and the board blocked him from moving and setting up his family for life, and yet he brushed it off and continued as he always had done.

The board thought he was too powerful I reckon but and upstairs move like what Ron did with John would have been the way to do it,.

lincslink 5:29 Thu Sep 5
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I have read a few and the most amazing was Tony Adams.

martinbritt_63 4:37 Thu Sep 5
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Not a bio as such.

Provided You Don't Kiss Me - 20 years with Brian Clough.
by Duncan Hamilton

one of the best I've ever read.

Northern Sold 4:05 Thu Sep 5
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Sarge 3:22 Thu Sep 5
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I've read far too many of these in the past for my own good but here are a few I've enjoyed not yet mentioned;


4) Garry Nelson's two diary books - one of his last season as a Charlton player - one as his stint as player manager at Torquay



Our lot play against Nelson and his all stars in the vets football... real nice fella and still got a wicked left foot...

terry-h 4:00 Thu Sep 5
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John Lyall's book was very good.However I found the first chapter on the day he got sacked by 'Mr Len' (Cearns) very disturbing.
His treatment that day considering his past achievements at the club as a player,coach and manager I found hard to understand.
If Reg Pratt had still been alive and at the club, the whole business would have dealt with differently.
As Tony Gale has said, the club changed on the day Lyall left, and not for the better.

Troy McClure 3:32 Thu Sep 5
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Stan Bowles one had me crying with laughter. Absolute LAD

Sarge 3:22 Thu Sep 5
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I've read far too many of these in the past for my own good but here are a few I've enjoyed not yet mentioned;

1 ) Lee Howey's Massively Violent and decidedly Average.
2) the spoof one of Roy Keane's dog
3) Cascarino's
4) Garry Nelson's two diary books - one of his last season as a Charlton player - one as his stint as player manager at Torquay

goose 2:39 Thu Sep 5
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terry-h 2:33 Thu Sep 5
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will do cheers.

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