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Summary

"It is often said that 95% of what happens in football takes place behind closed doors. Many of these stories I shouldn't be telling you. But I will."

The honest truth about professional football, by the Guardian's man inside the game.

©2013 The Secret Footballer (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"This is better than any turgid football biography on the bookshelves and well worth seeking out." ( Sunday Business Post)
"A recklessly honest read that pairs guilty pleasure gossip with a moral compass, as TSF is force-fed a lifestyle that comes with being a Premier League footballer." ( Loaded)
"Not since the days of the great super-injuctions has the identity of an anonymous sports star cause as much speculation as that surrounding the mysterious author of the Guardian column 'The Secret Footballer', which has been running in the paper for the last 18 months" ( Choice magazine)
"A hugely insightful and opinionated commentary on the modern game." ( Morning Star Online)

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  • kmcca5
  • Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
  • 24-12-14

Superb

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Out on audio book at last!!! I read this when it came out and have been longing for the audio book. Good choice of narrator, intelligently written, funny, and one of my favourite books about football.

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Great

Not just a great insight but a wonderful personal story of a world few understand better!

I would recommend anyone interested in those in the public eye and not just football to read/listen!

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Loved it

If you love football then this book is for you. . interesting and informative. Well done to the secret footballer whoever you are.

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Interesting Account

overall enjoyed the reading but felt less than favorable to the secret footballer though he seems the best of an truly awful bunch of spoilt brats.

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  • 05-02-15

A frank and honest view of the modern footballer

A great book. Very enjoyable and would recommend to any football fan. Some quality tales but with an enlightened view point.

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Fantastic book

Brilliant book, just couldn't stop thinking all the way through the book who it is? Now driving me mad trying to think

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Interesting and well narrated

I really enjoyed this book and Damian Lynch narrated very well to keep it interesting

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Considered deleting it but stuck with it...

Ok. A slight insight but too anonymised to be a real page turner. Maybe I was wanting more sensationalism.

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Fantastic read

For someone who does not like to read. I was glued to this story. Really enjoyed it, Damian lynch's voice made it that little bit better

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  • TheZee
  • ilford, United Kingdom
  • 16-02-16

A brilliant expose

l listened with a jarring sense of expectancy. The mystery of the shadow works of the beautiful game were evident. l liked the earthy accent of the narrator. Altogether, it was a brilliant expose.

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  • so5724x
  • 02-04-18

awesome

this is an awesome book to learn the realities of being a premier league footballer

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  • James
  • 13-03-17

Well Written and Engaging

This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I have listened to. The structure is clear and easy to follow. The author's voice is consistent and engaging. And beyond all the content is well chosen and conveyed in a compelling manner which humanizes these sometimes seemingly mystical beings that are professional footballers. The author clearly lays out what actually happens during different phases of both a player's life, and landmark changes at football clubs.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in football, but also to anyone who simply enjoys honest reflection on a life few people will ever live.

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  • it wont install
  • 01-11-16

Enjoyed it very much !!!

I enjoyed the story very much !!! Good writing, good story and good performance!! Can't wait to here more !!

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  • John Beltz Boyd
  • 03-10-16

Fantastic

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Wonderful story and the narrator was flawless. Whoever the secret footballer is (or all of the Secret Footballers) is/are, please keep writing. For fans of football (soccer) or anyone who wants to know the stories you seldom hear about professional sports.

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  • John L Harkness
  • 28-06-15

Not as interesting nor as insightful as I had hoped!

Not as interesting nor as insightful as I had hoped! Pretty average in truth. I believe it could be more interesting - but leans towards the gossip more than the tactical / technical side of the profession... Which is a shame!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful