Kieron Dyer's memoir, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late, is the first intimate and unsparing portrait of the failures and excesses of the generation of English footballers made rich beyond their wildest dreams by the post-1990 World Cup boom in the game and the explosion of the Premier League. It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the best-selling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy.
In the public mind, Kieron Dyer came to symbolise so much of what was self-destructive about a group of football players known collectively as the 'Baby Bentley generation'. Nicknamed 'The King of Bling' by the tabloid press, Dyer was caught up in many of the scandals that characterised the history of a talented crop of players who promised so much and delivered so little, a generation whose wages and lavish lifestyles began to alienate them from the fans who once worshipped them.
The brash young man is gone now, and in his place is the quiet, caring, wise man who was such a favourite on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! in 2015. Dyer narrates, in uncompromising detail, how a generation of talented English footballers, taken out of working class childhoods and presented with a world of glitz, glamour, wealth and temptation, failed to cope with the riches that were presented to them and often fell apart.
Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late is about a moment in time, a social and historical record of English football at the start of its gold rush. For Dyer, the end of the book brings a measure of personal redemption and peace, but for the English game, there is only a lingering sense of waste and regret for an opportunity lost.
I loved this. Always came across as a bit of a rebel.
Sad about his abuse in his early childhood.
I’d recommend this book.
True to Kieron’s thinking I thought he was an idiot. I thought he was an injury prone waste of talent and a bit of a mercenary. My outlook on this and my opinion of the press and media has shifted reading this. Oliver Holt must take some credit too although I am not generally a fan of his press work. A brave book with some real revelations and insight. Not just a collection of funny anecdotes or a straightforward biog. I would urge every football fan around in the times of the “Golden Generation” to read or listen to this. My opinion of KD shifted towards the positive on I’m a Celebrity but this is brilliant. Thank you for your honesty Kieron. I wish you and your family a happy and bright future. From an LFC fan. YNWA.
Absolutely loved it. Great read but very emotional at times... didn't really want it to end
Really enjoyed the book and kerion dyer is just a great person and the book tell all that je
Very good book and gives insight to a guy I used to always see with a dark cloud over his head and wonder why? This explains it 👊🏾
I am a massive Newcastle fan and found this a very interesting listen. Five stars!
Fantastic book and turns out to be a fantastic man.. Who knew. Anyone doubting what Dyer is like as a human being, listen or read this book.. A man who is very open to his mistakes he made. 10 out of 10
A brilliant book that is a must for any newcastle or general football fan.
A lot of questions are answered which explains Keirons actions.
A truly talented footballer who had bags of potential tells his side behind the injurys that blighted his career.