Gareth Southgate and Andy Woodman have been best friends since they were apprentices at Crystal Palace together. But while Southgate has gone on to play for a succession of Premiership Clubs, Woodman, after being released on the day Palace were promoted, has been shuffled around the lower divisions. This is the story of a friendship that has endured two wildly divergent careers and a gripping insight into the national game, from the staggering money and prestige of the Premier League to the precarious living and hard knocks of the Nationwide League.
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Gareth Southgate is Captain of Middlesbrough and and has won 50 caps for England. He was best man at Andy Woodman's wedding. Andy Woodman is goalkeeper for Oxford United and the fan's favourite. He was best man at Gareth Southgate's wedding. David Walsh is chief sportswriter of the Sunday Times and a former sportswriter of the year.Review:
"A book so refreshing you are often tempted to break into applause" (Sunday Telegraph) "A refreshing slice of biographical honesty and integrity" (Times) "Every now and again a football biography comes along that sidesteps the usual garbage with a neat shimmy ! Wonderfully refreshing -- it allows you a peek of that rare beast, a footballer's personality (in fact two of them) not just the cliched shell that encases it." 4 stars. (Four Four Two)
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110141012145
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141012145