Stan Bowles

Stan Bowles : The Autobiography

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I think that Frank Worthington summed my life up quite well when he said, "Stan has spent all of his money on gambling, booze and birds." I responded to that: "Well, at least I didn't waste it!" Once described as being able to open a can of beans with his left foot Stan Bowles was one of the greatest players of the golden age of English football, the 1970s. But like many of his contemporaries -- Frank Worthington, Alan Hudson, Rodney Marsh and Tony Currie (all of whom feature in his autobiography) -- he was probably as famous for his exploits in the bar or at the race track. The Original Stan the Man, published a decade ago, forms the template, or starting point, for this significantly expanded and updated volume. Packed with irreverent and entertaining anecdotes the book covers the ups and downs of Bowles' career, from his childhood in a prefab in Manchester, his early days at Man City, spent hanging around with the likes of George Best as well as the notorious Quality Street Gang, his heyday at QPR, and the unhappier times at Forest and Leyton Orient.
A candid, and frequently hilarious tale of a life at the bar with the cream of 1970s British football, as well as an intimate portrait of the inside of numerous branches of William Hill, Stan Bowles, My Autobiography is an unflinching account of Stan's chronic addiction to gambling which led him to blow upwards of quarter of a million pounds.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 32mm | 662.26g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16 B/W Photo\Illu(s),16 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752860569
  • 9780752860565

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'Bowles emerges from the book as he emerged from his career, a likeable rascal rather than a rogue.' WHEN SATURDAY COMES 'Stan the Man is still a legend... A fascinating snapshot of the 1970s and a look at the lifestyle of a football maverick.' SHOOT 'Another enigmatic waster whose exploits might have diminished his game but bolstered his autobiography.' KENSINGTON TIMES
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About Stan Bowles

Ralph Allen and John Iona are long-time friends of Stan Bowles. The initial idea to pen this autobiography came late one night in their local hostelry, The Rose and Crown in Isleworth. Stan, the man of many words, said, 'Hey, do you know, no one's ever written about me,' as we all, lager in hand, rested our elbows unsteadily on the bar. So that's how it started and we've had a great time along the way; the memories are priceless. Three friends together -- one famous and the other two still hung over!
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