What a fantastic book is Jack Charlton's autobiography. I saw the Girafe at Goodison with dirty Leeds in the late 60s when I was a kid.
What is intersting in this book is that Jack was a qualified Lilleshall Coach back in 1961 and that he could have signed for Liverpool in 1965 but Bill Shankly wouldn't pay an extra £500 to secure him. He even turned down the chance to play for Man Utd under Matt Busby. We all dislike hoofball but Jack had his own methods of making sure they played it on the deck. This book came out in 1997 and I found it in the discard section at my local library. It is a must-read for the true football supporter.
Bobby Collins, Posted 23/04/2008 at 02:17:44
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Not sure what this has to do with Everton but as were opening ?book corner? I?d like to put forward ?Mr Nice? by Howard Marks. Ok so its not about football but is one of the best books I?ve ever read
A book you all have to read if not already is ’The Damned United’ By David Peace. Its a fictional account, based on huge amounts of fact of Brian Clough’s ill fated time in charge of Leeds United after Don Revie went to England. An absolutely stunning book. Without doubt the best one ever written about sport.
Also highly recommend another book by David Peace called GB 84. Again another fictional account based on fact about the year of the miners strike.
I like this book club stuff....
A brilliant book about football is "My father and other working class football heroes" By Gary Imlach.Imlach basically tells the story of his father?s career and the treatment of players at that time and compares it to the modern day. It?s a great read about how the game has changed. His dad Stuart was also coach at Everton under Catterick and so Imlach talks about going into the Everton dressing room as a kid. There?s even a picture of him as a kid holding the League Championship trophy.
Just to second the opinion offered above by Mike.
"The Damned United" is a stunning piece of work and David Peace is one fine author. Try his 1974 if you fancy something a bit more macabre.
The Damned United is indeed an enthralling read. Also worth reading - Harry Pearson’s A Far Corner, Barney Ronay’s Any Chance of a Game, Nick Varleys Parklife and J L Carrs How Steeple Sindleby Wanderers won the F A Cup.
Oh I almost forgot, John Aizlewoods acerbically brilliant "Playing at Home", a year spent visiting each league ground in the country. It avoids all the usual trainspotter nonsense and focuses a lot on Englands social decline and the rise of the underclass. Everton get an okay mention from memory.
All good reads mentioned above. For those who don’t like a bit of football life uncomforrtable, read the likes of Rooneys, Giggs. Beckhams,Gerradrds or many other shits or just buy the sun or sport for a bit of what you fancy.
p.s. One of the more comical things about Charlton when he asked Sheedy to take the first penalty in the infamous world cup game to take Eire into the quarter finals. He asked him were he will put the ball. Kevin repield over his fucking head. A great kick from a truely great individual character
The Damned United isn’t fiction !!! Cloughie was really like that. A Derby supporting mate of mine said it was scarily uncanny. Brilliant read. So is Gazza’s - honest and direct. Graeme Sharp’s ’Sharpy’ is also highly recommended, as is the Carlisle United tome ’A Season In The Sun’ about their brief sojourn in the old first division in 1974. They stopped Everton winning the title that year by doing the double over us!!!
My favourite footy book is Football Against the Enemy.
Each chapter sees the author looking into differing sides of football; be it Germany v Holland 1988 EC, which was all about revenge for the second world war for the Dutch. Dinamo Kiev used by the Government as a front to smuggle plutonium across borders, Argentina?s junta backed drug riddled world cup winning team of 1978 and black magic in Africa.
Some chapters drag, but others are bliss.
Published in 1994 so free of today?s bollocks