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Posted on April 11, 2012 by samh

A quick note on some of the books due to hit shelves (or Amazon pages if you prefer) this month…

Everyone loves Jeff Stelling, right? Well, if you do, you’ve got to check out Jeffanory: Stories from Beyond Soccer Saturday, in which the award-winning host of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday and former Countdown presenter returns with a collection of what is billed as “the funniest, weirdest, most tragic, most heart-warming, under-the-radar stories of the football season”. Sounds a bit like an entertaining bog book or something to flick through on those long away days, but it might be good for a laugh.

Among the more interesting-sounding biographies is Thanks for the Memories: The Roger Eli Story, which insists it is not about money or sensationalist tabloid revelations, but is “just the story of a player who had his dreams but never made the big-time, and met no end of hurdles and injuries along the way”. Eli encountered a number of football legends throughout his career, including Brian Clough, Billy Bremner and Eddie Gray, and his story would appear to be the antidote to the bilge trotted out by the ghostwriters of most modern football millionaires.

Also worth looking out for is the story of the late Gary Ablett, who sadly lost his battle against cancer in January 2012. In the months before his death he wrote The Game of My Life with Paul Joyce, which tells of his time playing for both the red and blue sides of Liverpool, his foray into management and, latterly, the illness that would end his life prematurely.

There are also new biographies of Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere… well… meh. The latter is just 20 years old, for God’s sake.

Club-wise, Norwich fans will no doubt be interested in Iain Dale’s When Football Was Football: Norwich City: A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club. In the same series, David Instone gives Wolves the same treatment.









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