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In this outspoken autobiography, footballer Vinnie Jones hits back at the critics, tells of his battles to become accepted as a professional football player, and unveils a private side to his life. He also discusses his parents' break-up, his love for his wife and passion for the countryside.
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Ever since Vinnie Jones was pictured squeezing a sensitive handful of Paul Gascoigne in 1987, he has been marked down as one of the hard men of British Football. But the story of how Jones progressed from a hod carrier on a building site to an FA Cup winner and captain of Wales is about more than his willingness to rush in where angels fear to tread. This honest biography covers a troubled upbringing and home life--his anguish at the failure of his parents' marriage and the trials of his own marriage--as well as his exploits on the pitch. From the Gazza incident--"I just moved my left arm backwards and grabbed"--to his seemingly never-ending urge to get involved over and above the call of duty: "I've always identified with the characters like Ian Wright much more than with people like Glenn Hoddle", this is Vinnie in the raw. Jones has now built a career off the pitch, not least as an actor, but whatever the future holds for him, that picture of him and Mr Gascoigne will permanently ensure him a mention, honourable or otherwise, in the story of football. --Nick WroeAbout the Author:
Vinnie Jones was born in Walford in January 1965, and grew up in the Hertfordshire countryside. After a brief spell with Wealdstone, he was given his chance in League football, signing professional terms for Wimbledon and making his League debut in 1986. He went on to gain an FA Cup winner's medal in 1988. He went on to play for Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. He won nine caps for Wales.
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Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110747221227
Book Description Headline Book Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0747221227 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1237692