OOH-AAH BOB BOOKAH…
And so starts some of the most iconic chants in soccer. A chant for a cult hero who used to be well known for his labor, tenacity, honesty, and graciousness. A chant for a participant who left every thing at the pitch.
It covers the demanding situations of facing lovers’ expectancies, a long term continual harm that threatened to finish his profession, and the way he handled the intrigue and machinations of soccer management.
Bob labored challenging, gave his all, performed anywhere he used to be requested with out grievance, wore each blouse (apart from the goalkeeper’s), and used to be rewarded by means of taking part in or training in all 4 divisions of the soccer League. certainly, in a rollercoaster profession that spanned virtually 5 many years, Bob used to be an important a part of groups – as both a participant or trainer – that celebrated six promotions and suffered 3 relegations. probably most significantly, no one who has ever met Bob has a foul notice to assert approximately him. he's nonetheless respected in any respect 3 golf equipment he used to be linked to and continues to be a selected hero at Sheffield United.
With contributions from former teammates, managers, and buddies, the genuine Bob Booker is published in all his complexities. it's the variety, pleasant, and funny Bob that all of us anticipated to discover but additionally one that verified grit, selection, braveness, internal energy, guile and perseverance to forge the sort of lengthy and profitable profession for himself.
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“Brimming with enjoyable anecdotes and revealing insight.” Henry iciness, leader soccer author, The Times
“Confessor determine, comic, trainer, commissioned officer. Bob Booker can be labeled as a bunch , yet he's one in every of football’s hidden heroes. Greville Waterman shines a focus on him, and into the shadows of the sport. hugely recommended.” Michael Calvin, soccer Writer
“Greville Waterman has talented us with an in depth and hugely enjoyable perception into the lifestyle of a journeyman expert footballer. when you like your soccer uncooked, this is often the e-book for you.” David Bolchover, soccer Writer
“The excellent cocktail for a host – enjoyable, nous and loyalty. an excellent read.” Andy Naylor, leader activities Reporter, The Argus
“An attractive story of 1 of football’s solid men within the days earlier than the most desirable League made mediocrities into millionaires.” Nick Szczepanik, soccer Writer
“From lovers’ hero to unsung hero, Bob Booker’s profession in soccer has been fascinating.
“After ‘making marvellous use of modest talents,’ taking part in his center out in 379 soccer League video games, this can be the fellow who became the function of Assistant supervisor into an artwork form.”
“How else could you describe somebody who labored with a succession of very diverse top-class managers at Brighton, and made every one of them higher at his job?”
“Bob’s notable trip via soccer, instructed the following with nice perception via Greville Waterman, unearths one of many actual characters of the game.”
“A pleasure to learn for somebody with soccer of their veins.” Dick Knight, existence President, Brighton & Hove Albion FC