"From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it..."
Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League. With his much loved, no-nonsense delivery, Harry brings us a story filled with passion and humour that takes you right inside every drama of his career. Harry finally tells the full story of all the controversial ups and downs - the pain and heartache of his court case, the England job, his love for Bobby Moore, his adventures at Portsmouth with Milan Mandaric, the Southampton debacle, Tottenham and Daniel Levy, and not forgetting his years at West Ham or the challenges at his current club QPR.
It's the epic journey of one of the great managers and, along the way, the story of the British game itself over the last five decades. In an era now dominated by foreign coaches Harry is the last of an old-fashioned breed of English football man - one who has managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.
©2013 Harry Redknapp (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
Absolute pleasure, as 'Arry would say (different class). I was begining to lose interest in Audio Books, I havent had a good listen in my last few picks. This is just Brilliant. You can count on Harry to tell it as it is. I was dissapointed for about 30 seconds that it wasnt narrated by Harry himself but the narration is incredible, it felt like listening to the old man himself. Finished the whole thing in 3 days (& im a busy man i promise you!)
There's a fair bit of nostalgia and humour as you'd expect
Little glimpses of the old days, how West Ham let themselves down with their disregard of their heritage
The story of Bobby Moore from someone who knew him directly. Also Julian Dicks
How have I impacted on the lives of so many, when life seems to happen around me without my understanding of how it does?
I listened, I heard, i interpreted and I formed my own opinion. Not sure I received the same message as I was supposed to
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
Don't mistake the headline for the way I feel about the author of this book because I don't. It's juse one of the standout phrases oft repeated throughout the text. As for the book, well I don't like it. There's no one reason I can put my finger on for that but I don't like it all the same. The text is poor to be sure but it's not really that. It's a lot of different things. It's the kind of book I might dip into from time to time just to find out something but not one I'd ever finish and that's the only reason it's not being returned.
One other thing. Why, oh why, oh why is it necessary to use David John to read the text just because he's a Londoner as well? he's awful. Fink instead of think and so on. It's terrible it really is. Why couldn't they have picked somebody to just read it straight and who understands something of football or management anyway? His naration does not help the book. Contrary to what might be seen as popular opinion Londoners, like actors don't necessarily make good readers.
Really enjoyed this book a great voice over which really helps keep you entertained my only downside to the book is the constant switching and changing the time hes taking about. One min hes on about Rio and Joe Cole next hes back to talking about playing with Frank Lamps Snr
Honest account of his time in footie
he makes it sound like Harry is telling the story
Yes, unfortunately I had work to do but one I looked forward to getting back in the car to start listening to.
A great insight into what goes on behind the scenes at a football club and how Harry dealt with situations emotionally. The book focuses a lot on Harry's time at West Ham as both a player and a manager. I would have liked to have heard more of his Tottenham tales but I'm sure there are contractual obligations preventing him from saying too much.
The narrator was, in Harry's words, "a different class".
Interesting perspective of football life. Feel as though you were very honest in your dealings and goes to show doesn't matter how you honest you are the judicial system can try and chew u up and spit you out!!
Ps congrats on raising Jamie, seems like a top lad and decent family man!
""Arry's a Lad""
Yes. It sounded like Harry was talking to us
His account of an argument with the then Portsmouth Manager
He made me think that it was the Author that was reading it
There were lots of instances when I would laugh out loud. Harry is a real racounteur
A great insight into the life of a football manager.
For the finer details, to hear what I missed
No I have not listened to any before however, David Johns made a great narrator and it certainly helped turn around my disappointed Harry Redknapp did not narrate himself. At times just maybe, just maybe, you could pretend with David's narration it was Harry speaking
A very enjoyable memoir of a man I certainly admire for a no nonsense but honest account of himself.
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