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    DescriptionRobin Friday was an exceptional footballer who should have played for England. He never did. Robin Friday was a brilliant player who could have played in the top flight. He never did. Why? Because Robin Friday was a man who would not bow down to anyone, who refused to take life seriously and who lived every moment as if it were his last. For anyone lucky enough to have seen him play, Robin Friday was up there with the greats. Take it from one who knows: 'There is no doubt in my mind that if someone had taken a chance on him he would have set the top division alight,' says the legendary Stan Bowles. 'He could have gone right to the top, but he just went off the rails a bit.' Loved and admired by everyone who saw him, Friday also had a dark side: troubled, strong-minded, reckless, he would end up destroying himself. Tragically, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, he died at the age of 38 without ever having fulfilled his potential. The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw provides the first full appreciation of a man too long forgotten by the world of football, and, along with a forthcoming film based on Friday's life, with a screenplay by co-author Paolo Hewitt, this book will surely give him the cult status he deserves.


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    Title
    The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw
    Subtitle
    Robin Friday Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul McGuigan, By (author) Paolo Hewitt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840181081
    ISBN 10: 1840181087
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    DC21: 796.334092
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA
    B&T General Subject: 760
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.334092
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24450
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000, SPO040000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE
    LC classification: GV942.7.F73 M34 2007
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    14 September 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan is the former bassist in Oasis. While on tour with the band in America, Guigsy came across a magazine article about Robin Friday and was inspired to find out more about the genius maverick player. This book is the result of his investigations. Paolo Hewitt is the author of several bestselling books, including The Looked After Kid, Heaven's Promise, The Fashion of Football, and biographies on Oasis, Paul Weller and The Jam. He is also features editor at Watch magazine.
    Review quote
    "A story of shattered dreams, hedonism and a short life lived very much to the full ... this is one of the essential modern football books" FourFourTwo "It has a magical atmosphere and is easily the most compulsive soccer biography you'll ever read" Melody Maker "A terrific read" Daily Mail "Poignant, funny and tragic" The Scotsman