A rip-roaring, life-enhancing, hilarious memoir from a football cult hero
Jimmy Bullard may not have had the perfect hair-do, his Granada Ghia may not have been the flashiest of cars, and he definitely didn't have a string of Page 3 girls trying to sell kiss and tell stories about him to the tabloids. But what he has in spades is a genuine love for The Beautiful Game that few of his peers can match.
One of the last graduates from football's old school, Jimmy actually worked in the real world - including as a painter and decorator - before turning pro. Maybe that's why he played football with a smile on his face, always says what's on his mind, and is no stranger to a spot of mischief.
Having played under the likes of Barry Fry, Harry Redknapp, and Phil Brown, appeared alongside names as diverse as Neil Ruddock and Paolo di Canio, and as long as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Jimmy has racked up an amazing collection of tales and pranks both on and off the football front-line. Told with candour, Bend It Like Bullard is the extraordinary story of his journey from cable TV fitter to cult hero. It will make you smile, chuckle and, occasionally, ROFL.
This is one of the best sporting books that I’ve listened too. Great book from a fantastic character who should have had many more years in the game.
loved it, entertaing throughout and his sense of honesty and humblenes come across right away
great listen. I love the genre worth it if you like football and this type of book.
I've always like Jimmy Bullard as he came across as a great character. I thought this book would be really enjoyable, how wrong I was! The narrator was AWFUL, I think that was the main issue. He was boring, irritating and his long pauses made me think the sleep timer had kicked in! I will never buy anything narrated by David John again. They've let you down Jimmy!
A brilliant book with some top stories from Bullard and I thought it was narrated brilliantly.
Loved it. Great book and really well read. The narrator gets right into the cockney lingo
enjoyed the story, but worst irish accent ever!! The Roy Keane accent in particular! it was closer to homer Simpson saying 'potato man'.
very entertaining. did not want the book to end.
what a football he was after all the madness.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I love football. I like the way that Jimmy tells his stories - I am just not sure I would be one of his mates ... nor he mine.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
This was pre 'I am a Celebrity' and it is a great shame that he finished in the game so early.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I liked the time he spent at West Ham in his formative years. He had a frustrating time initially and it gave a good insight into the way a young lad might be dealt with after joining a club and if they don't get into the team immediately.
Was Bend It Like Bullard worth the listening time?
There was enough to keep me going - I enjoyed parts of this book. I was left wondering if I would like Jimmy himself and, if anything, I thought the book was a little short - I would have liked to have heard about 'I am a Celebrity'
Any additional comments?
Some of the less than positive points I make may be more associated to the narrator rather than Jimmy himself. If that is the case then I eat my words - this is a tough one to judge.
Made me laugh out loud 😂😂
Jimmy is a nice crazy bloke, one of us 😊