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A Book to read?


  ‘My Story’ by Cyrille Regis   

Former West Bromwich Albion and England star (who also played for Wycombe Wanderers)  writes a compelling story of his migration from the French Caribbean to a racially divided London in the 1980s, his development through the football game to the very top level, despite stillf acing racial hatred.This fascinating autobiography details the glorious moments in his career whilst srudying the impact that he and his black teamates had on the socialogical outlook of football fans.After a trajic accident, Cyrille reappraises his life and comes to the realisation that he is a man in need of God.

                                         You’ll Win Nothing with Kids
by Jim White    

“This is the hilarious chronicle of Jim White’s time as manager of his son’s football team.  At this level, winning spirit is not so much about passion, pride and belief as praying that your star centre forward has remembered to bring his boots!  Most importantly, it’s about the enduring relationship between fathers, sons and football.”


Back from the Brink by Paul McGrath 
The former Manchester United and Aston Villa player + Republic of Ireland International tells his human story of “his hard upbringing in Dublin, two marriage break ups, his all too public struggle with alcoholism and the surreal highs and calamatous lows of a life lived habitually on the endge of chaos! 



Beyond the Final Whistle – A Life of Football and Faith by John Boyers (Chaplain of Manchester United F.C.)

“This book tells John’s story and offers a surprising number of parallels between football and the Christian faith.


Broken Dreams – Vanity, Greed and the Souring of British Football by Tom Bower

“Acclaimed journalist Tom Bower takes on the football giants, lifting the lid off the corruption and greed thats threatens to destroy the beautiful game”


  Finding My Feet – My Autobiography by Jason Robinson           

 Although a rugby rather than soccer tale, Jason’s meteoric rise to prominence is the story of a player’s success against phenomenal odds. His new- found fame as a World Cup winner is analysed with great honesty, as is his new life as a Christian.


 Never Walk Alone by Gavin Peacock and Alan Comfort         

 Gavin Peacock, a Christian since the age of 19 is the BBC pundit and former Chelsea and Newcastle midfield player who wrote this excellent book along with Alan Comfort, a winger-turned-reverend who is club chaplain at Leyton Orient.


Fathers, Sons and Football by Colin Shindler

The story of three generations of one unique family, the Summerbees, whose trade has been professional football.



My Father and other Working-Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach

  “The most emotionally charged and moving sports book I think I’ve ever read” (Daily Mail)
William Hill
Sports Book of the Year 2005

I have some of the above books and can lend out to HTJFC members and parents if required. Email me if you want to borrow one alancecil@gorsewalk.freeserve.co.uk

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