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Summary

Football changes everything. It changes how we feel, how we think, how we behave. It turns us into someone else. 

You love your team first. It's tribal. Except I did love something else. I loved the idea of commentating on my team, on every team. I loved it even more than my team. I ditched the girl next door for the diva on the silver screen. 

Like all true romances, it was irrational and intoxicating, it was tangled and foolish, it became addictive and occasionally heartbreaking and it kept on changing. 

Two United goals inside two minutes changed it in 1999. A teenage Evertonian called Rooney twisted the plot in 2002. Three Liverpool goals in less than six minutes changed everything again in 2005. Hello, hello. 

Moments. Mere blinks of wide eyes. Football happens in heartbeats. Meeting those moments is my job. Seeing them, saying them, spelling out the difference they have just made. It's all I've ever wanted to do. Probably all I can do. 

Spending time in the company of the 'greats' of football like Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough and Sir Kenny Dalglish has changed everything for me and probably for you, too.

©2021 Clive Tyldesley (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"This is really good. Raw, funny and revealing on football, on Ferguson, Clough, Dalglish and worth getting for the Roy Keane selfie story alone. Emotional on his ITV exit. Talent like Tyldesley's appeals to all ages." (Henry Winter) 

"Started reading this and couldn't stop...wise and entertaining on the big names and games. Clever work." (Paul Hayward) 

"Clive Tyldesley's brilliant, emotive commentaries became the soundtrack to matches that will stay with the fans for the rest of their lives." (Oliver Holt) 

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Didn’t want it to end.

Excellent listen, a real glance into the world of broadcasting from my favourite commentary figure. No one tells a story about quite like Clive.

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Great listen from the first whistle

a brilliant communicator. holds no punches but tells such interesting and honest stories from his excellent and long career.

thanks for sharing.

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Great listen, really well narrated.

Great stories, really well narrated, intriguing listen.
We’ll worth a listen or read.
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Football Gold!

If you’re a footy nut then his book is for you. Breezy and interesting, you’ll find gems in every chapter.

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Football Fans Delight

A great listen for all football fans, great chapters on the greats of the game well delivered by Clive.

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Brilliant

loved listening to this book. Really interesting format with chapters about all the great managers and how clives career intertwined with them. Made even better with clive telling the story great voice. Highly recommend

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Superb listen

Clive is a legend of the game and this is an insightful look at his career with some fantastic stories about those within it. To quote my favourite line of his from an old Blackburn Rivers goal….“aaahhhh stormer!!!”

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Phenomenal

A true wordsmith telling great stories from his time in football. Very much enhanced by this being an audio book read by the man himself, also.

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Linguistically Delightful, Honest, Open & Humble

Really enjoyed this book. It's well written, read and engaging. Enjoyed the stories, dry humour and the way Clive talks about issues and individuals within the game. The Sir Alex Ferguson chapter had me openly laughing as he describes receiving the hairdryer treatment from him.

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Voice of Football

loved this Audiobook and love listening to Clive. Funny, informative and a joy to listen to. Wholeheartedly recommend this book.