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Everton Books - Playing Extra Time

 Playing Extra Time
Alan Ball, 2004.  
Sidgwick & Jackson ;  (320 pages)  ISBN:  028307387X

The autobiography of a legendary figure in football and an inspirational story with wide appeal Alan Ball always wanted to be the best.  Small in stature, red-haired and fiery, Alan was one of the most easily recognized players of his generation.  Fans on the terraces and team mates immediately took to his whole-hearted enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude.  Alan is a fighter whether overcoming his diminutive size to become a professional player and youngest member of the 1966 England squad, to the rejection he repeatedly faced as a club manager.  Now Alan faces the toughest battle of his life.  First his daughter, then his wife were diagnosed with cancer.  His hugely successful playing and managerial career that took him to Everton, Arsenal, Manchester City, and two World Cups with England now takes a back seat to the real test of character brought about by the illness of his loved ones.  His devoted wife Lesley stood by Alan through his personal and professional highs and lows and bravely battled a disease which is now in remission in her daughter.  Such a double blow to Alan hasn't punctured that indomitable spirit 'I have never stopped fighting but now I am on a different playing field this has been the biggest fight of my life.'  This is an autobiography that transcends football a story that is both inspirational and deeply moving.

Price: 17.99   Published: 3 September 2004


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