With nearly 20 years as a player – plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager – under his belt, Sam….
Ian Wright, Arsenal legend, England striker and TV pundit extraordinaire, is one of the most interesting and relevant figures in modern football. His journey from a South London council estate to national treasure is everybody’s dream. From Sunday morning football directly to Crystal Palace; from ‘boring, boring Arsenal’ to inside the Wenger Revolution; from Saturday afternoons on the pitch to Saturday evenings on primetime television; from a week in prison to inspiring youth offenders, Ian will reveal all about his extraordinary life and career. Ian will also frankly discuss how retirement affects footballers, why George Graham deserves a statue, social media, why music matters, breaking Arsenal’s goal-scoring record, racism, the unadulterated joy of playing alongside Dennis Bergkamp and, of course, what he thinks of Tottenham. Not a standard footballer’s autobiography, Ian Wright’s memoir is a thoughtful and gripping insight into a Highbury Hero and one of the greatest sports stars of recent years. This hardback book has 384 pages and measures: 24.1 x 15.9 x 3.5cm
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The official autobiography of the wayward Irish genius that was Georgie Best. Large 8vo. 374pp. 32 pages of photographs. Dust-wrapper, as new.The question of how a man could have everything and be systematically destroyed by alcoholism is at the heart of George Best’s unflinching autobiography Blessed. In 1990, Best–arguably the most extravagantly talented footballer the UK has ever produced; certainly domestic football’s first and brightest superstar–irrevocably redefined himself in the public’s mind as a bloated, foul-mouthed, pitiful drunk with that appearance on the prime-time TV chat show Wogan.
The pictures tell at least part of the story. The young Beatle-haired Best of the 1960s at Manchester United; the scrawny boy from Northern Ireland, breathtakingly audacious with the ball at his feet, dismantling Europe’s finest defences. The ever-more chubby, bearded Best of the 1970s, after his shock “retirement” at 26, exercising his increasingly elusive talent with second-rate teams. The Best of today: mottled, grey, eyes now tinted with jaundice and seemingly sharing the general sense of surprise that he’s still here at all.
Now Best is able to candidly reflect on the story of his rise and fall. He revels in the highs, which were spectacular: a brilliant career with Man Utd, including a European Cup medal; a media darling, with a Miss World or two on his arm. But he also calmly recounts the lows: a litany of professional and domestic woe, including that public humiliation on Wogan.
The worst thing was that I thought I’d got away with it, that though I might have been a bit tipsy, I had come across as reasonably coherent. But when I saw the recording the following day, it was obvious that I had been completely out of it … it’s awful to see yourself coming across as some mumbling drunk.
Now of course Best makes his living with after-dinner speaking and TV punditry, and–despite the co-author here–Blessed reveals an easy authority with words which turns a compelling testimony into a funny, moving and deeply personal story. This is extra-time for Best, an astonishing sporting talent that was snuffed out. If he survives, with the spirit that imbues this book intact, he may yet astonish us again. —Alex Hankin
Rio Ferdinand is one of the finest footballers of his generation – a born winner and one of the game’s greatest stoppers. Full of outstanding stories and forthright opinions, #2Sides sees Rio reflect on his unique rise to the top of the game:
– Cutting his teeth in the West Ham youth teams and becoming captain of Leeds United at the age of 22
– His record-breaking transfer to Manchester United that made him one of the most revered centre-backs in world football
– On life under Sir Alex Ferguson and how winning became a habit
– Why David Moyes failed as Manchester United manager
– On Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and why Paul Scholes is the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League
With a Foreword by Harry Redknapp, #2Sides is a superb retrospective from one of the most outspoken voices of England’s golden generation.