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Keeper of Dreams: The Incredible Story of a Goalkeeper 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Keeper of Dreams: The Incredible Story of a Goalkeeper, by Ronald Reng (2003)

This is one man’s controversial story of life in the English Premiership – the tabloid truth about professional football.

Cologne footballer Lars Leese experienced in real life what tens of thousands of amateur footballers can only dream of as they kick a ball about in parks on Sunday afternoons: someone appearing out of nowhere and making you a professional footballer. At the age of 20 Leese was still playing in the third lowest of division of all German organised football, yet by 28 he’d abandoned his job as a computer software salesman and was helping Barnsley to their 1-0 Premiership victory over Liverpool.

Through a series of interviews, Ronald Reng traces Leese’s stratospheric rise and equally rapid fall from grace: the resulting narrative offers us an antidote to the average footballing biography and a unique – and at times shocking – outsider’s view of the Premiership and life in England.

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My Autobiography, by Bob Wilson 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

My Autobiography, by Bob Wilson (2003)

Bob Wilson spent 39 years at Arsenal – as a player, and then as the first goalkeeping coach in the first division.

Following his retirement as a footballer, a career in television beckoned, making him a household name. This autobiography reflects on his days as a sports commentator and presenter at the BBC, and his subsequent switch to ITV, and also includes his account of the Grobbelaar trial and his relationships with some of the most popular names in sport and television, including Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill and David Seaman. Wilson also has affectionate memories of Jill Dando and Helen Rollason, and tells the moving story of his daughter’s illness and legacy.

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The India Rubber Man: The Story of Billy Bly, Hull City’s Longest-serving Player 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

The India Rubber Man: The Story of Billy Bly, Hull City’s Longest-serving Player, by Roy Bly and David Bond (Editor) (2002)

This book tells the fascinating story of the Tigers’ legendary goalkeeper Billy Bly. His son Roy and local journalist David Bond pay an affectionate and well-researched tribute to the 1940s and 1950s Boothferry Park hero.

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Banksy: My Autobiography, by Gordon Banks 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

Banksy: My Autobiography, by Gordon Banks (2002)

England goalkeeping hero Gordon Banks, who would feature in anyone’s fantasy world 11, tells of his triumphs – and tragedies – throughout his personal life and footballing career.

The moments that have passed into folklore – such as “that save” from Pele in the 1970 World Cup – are here, as are the 1972 car crash that blinded him in one eye and the story of his ill-fated management career at Telford United. A fascinating insight into England’s glory years.

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My Story: The Rough and the Smooth, by Alan Rough 0

Posted on August 23, 2011 by samh

My Story: The Rough and the Smooth, by Alan Rough (2006)

Alan Rough is the best-loved Scottish goalkeeper of all time – not just for his shot-stopping skills, but also for his ability to laugh at himself when some of those shots did manage to sneak past his trademark perm into the net.

In a career that spanned three decades Rough kept goal for Partick Thistle, Celtic and Hibs as well as earning 53 caps for Scotland.

He played with some of the biggest names in the game – including Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and George Best – and was between the posts for some of the classic moments in Scottish football in the 70s and 80s, such as Thistle’s 4-1 League Cup victory over Celtic, the 1977 Wembley classic and the ’78 and ’82 World Cup campaigns.

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