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Summary

Fast Forward is a thought-provoking and gripping autobiography about Andrew Cole's determination to succeed against all the odds. 

Misconceptions have stalked Andrew Cole like a hatchet-man defender determined to cut him down to size. In the world of modern-day football, his reserved demeanour was often interpreted as surly intransigence. Alongside an aptitude for goalscoring, it was widely believed, ran an attitude problem. In Fast Forward, a candid and inspirational autobiography, Cole finally presents his side of the story. 

The son of a Windrush-generation Jamaican miner from a humble background in Nottingham, he was viewed as a one-man awkward squad by George Graham and Jimmy Hill before Kevin Keegan identified him as the man to bring goals to Newcastle. 

However, only when Alex Ferguson, his 'second father', took him to Manchester United did Cole begin to belie his image, amassing goals, medals and England caps. Two decades on from United's historic Treble, he reveals the inside track on Eric Cantona and David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

After a career spent challenging assumptions and adversity, he had to summon fresh reserves of resilience to battle illness and depression. 

©2019 Andrew Cole (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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brilliant 😊 really enjoyed it

as a Manchester united fan id recommend it and also for anyone who's family had a transplant patient in it..thanks Coley

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Hmmm

Torn on this. Clearly an outstanding footballer but a reluctance to acknowledge and accept his attitude problem. Would like to hear some of the other sides to the arguments he had with managers, the one sided accounts gave the impression that despite his talent he was a self indulgent, selfish and arrogant troublemaker

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Excellent story of an interesting character

Despite complaints in other reviews around the narration, I still went ahead and purchased this audiobook. Firstly, the narration is fine, no complaints there from me.

This is a really interesting listen. Hearing all about Cole’s fractious relationships with Keegan, Hoddle, Souness, Redknapp, Sheringham and many others is interesting to hear and as a lifelong United fan this book is up there with others written by Neville, Keane et al. Five star for me!

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good book

good listen quite genuine I'd say 8/10 more than most of the genre. strange character andrew cole is but good luck to him

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What a man!

Wonderful Autobiography full of emotion and passion. An inspirational story from one of Manchester United’s and Englands greatest ever footballers. This is a must listen!

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I love Bristol City!

Loved it
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Bit too monotone for me. Had no idea about what he was reading. Didn’t let it spoil it though.

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A real insight of Andrew Cole

This autobiography really opens up the door to understanding and getting to know this troubled but determined footballer, with introverted character. There is a brutal honesty to his insight, whether this is football, family or politics, which is respected. Great to break down those misconceptions. Great respect paid to those who nurtured such a talented footballer. The real insight is to the suffering of his condition over the past 5 years. All the best Coley

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another insight into the workings of a footballer

I enjoyed this book as it not only told of Andrews footballing life but the ups and downs of family life, both good and bad. It also explains why he had no time for Teddy Sheringham.

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Great storey and post football battles was very interesting to listen to. As a football fan I always like to hear dressing room stories from those who were there.

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brilliant listen, would recommend for any UTD fan

was a great book, very open and honest throughout, the person doing the audio does a good job too