Jamie Vardy, the free-scoring talisman behind Leicester City's Premier League champion title, has become a modern against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, Jamie thought his chances had gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels while working in a factory, his impressive performances and hard work saw him rise again.
After successful spells at Halifax Town and then Fleetwood Town, he finally moved to championship team Leicester City. They gained their dream promotion to the Premier League, and after surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth came the fairy-tale season where a team arose together, and everything clicked.
Vardy's incredible 22 goals, including setting the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, helped Leicester City beat odds of 5,000-1 to become champions. Defying all expectations, it is simply one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.
'Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all - going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It's the stuff of dreams. It hasn't always been an easy journey; some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch. There is so much that people don't know, and I look forward to sharing all of that and more in what I hope will be an entertaining and inspiring story.' (Jamie Vardy)
©2016 Jamie Vardy (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
Took about 20 mins to get around the accent, but the story was great and definitely worth a listen. Only downside was the constant mispronunciation of player names!
Very honest and forthright account of the Jamie Vardy story. I have a new found respect for Vardy and his down to earth vibe. Very entertaining book. Skills of a player, heart of a fan.
I'm a wednesday fan and was intrigued by Jamie's Story, especially growing up in a nearby by place to Jamie, must read for any football fan, or any sports fan. Unbelievable
As a Leicester City fan it was great to learn more about Jamie Vardy and the squad and their personalities, aside from what the media portray. I felt the booked was let down in places by the bloke reading it as he pronounced plater names wrong and didn't know how any of the songs the crowd sing should sound.
The narrator loses the context of the story sometimes and gets over excited making the story feel cheesy. He also needs to brush up on the pronunciation of footballers names.
Everything about this story was exceptional. The narration, the actual story, and the candidness of Jamie Vardy in his writing to leave it all out there. It was something that every soccer fan will enjoy. However, it's also an exceptional underdog story. I'm glad that the real story isn't over yet. I can't wait to see what the decades bring to JamieVardy.
Surely he should of learnt the names and been told the chants aren't right
Other than that, cracking listen
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