A rip-roaring, life-enhancing, hilarious memoir from a football cult hero
Jimmy Bullard may not have had the perfect hair-do, his Granada Ghia may not have been the flashiest of cars, and he definitely didn't have a string of Page 3 girls trying to sell kiss and tell stories about him to the tabloids. But what he has in spades is a genuine love for The Beautiful Game that few of his peers can match.
One of the last graduates from football's old school, Jimmy actually worked in the real world - including as a painter and decorator - before turning pro. Maybe that's why he played football with a smile on his face, always says what's on his mind, and is no stranger to a spot of mischief.
Having played under the likes of Barry Fry, Harry Redknapp, and Phil Brown, appeared alongside names as diverse as Neil Ruddock and Paolo di Canio, and as long as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Jimmy has racked up an amazing collection of tales and pranks both on and off the football front-line. Told with candour, Bend It Like Bullard is the extraordinary story of his journey from cable TV fitter to cult hero. It will make you smile, chuckle and, occasionally, ROFL.
©2014 Jimmy Bullard (P)2014 Headline Digital
Ex-sailor who is finding audible a good way to read books. I listen in the car and, often, cannot wait to drive somewhere !!
I love football. I like the way that Jimmy tells his stories - I am just not sure I would be one of his mates ... nor he mine.
This was pre 'I am a Celebrity' and it is a great shame that he finished in the game so early.
I liked the time he spent at West Ham in his formative years. He had a frustrating time initially and it gave a good insight into the way a young lad might be dealt with after joining a club and if they don't get into the team immediately.
There was enough to keep me going - I enjoyed parts of this book. I was left wondering if I would like Jimmy himself and, if anything, I thought the book was a little short - I would have liked to have heard about 'I am a Celebrity'
Some of the less than positive points I make may be more associated to the narrator rather than Jimmy himself. If that is the case then I eat my words - this is a tough one to judge.
Honest, nutty and insightful
There's only one Jimmy Bullard! That said, David Bentley comes across as another total nutter
Unfortunately not Jimmy's
To Hull and back through football & injuries
An enjoyable book but would have been far better if read by Jimmy with his enthusiasm.
I liked Jimmy as a footballer and this was a half decent insight into his life and career. The time spent dwelling on dressing room pranks and some of the toilet trick humour becomes tiresome and frankly quite boring and repetitive after a while. It's the stuff of the school playground, most of it not even funny and Gazza puts such goings on across a lot better in his book. That said I knew what I was getting into.
The narrator is like a Mr Angry from Eastenders and just too hard on the ears after the first chapter or two. I dreaded pushing play but it had to be done.
I love football and have always liked Jimmy and his non-league to Prem story. Like him I think the game has become too serious and lacks characters but he doesn't spend enough time on this aspect of the book. In fact there's a few paragraphs and that's it.
He could have been better assisted in the telling of his story and definitely have found someone in the Queen Vic with a less intense delivery to narrate. A Ray Winston rather than Danny Dyer style delivery perhaps.
To sum it up, less schoolboy humour, more football and the business of football would have worked better for me.
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