For those who enjoyed I Am the Secret Footballer, this new book delivers hard-hitting insights into the hidden world of professional football and footballers.
In the vein of Hotel Babylon and Confessions of a GP, The Secret Player will fascinate football fans with its wealth of insider knowledge and willingness to talk, albeit anonymously, about the inner workings of the game. Based on the hugely popular 'The Player' columns in FourFourTwo magazine, the book gives a warts-and-all insight into the daily life of professional footballers.
Month by month, it chronicles the oscillating rhythms of the season, from the trudge of pre-season to the 'squeaky-bum time' of promotion and relegation. The player himself has played at all levels of English football - from Premier League to a season of non-League - and represented England.
Would you listen to The Secret Player again? Why?
I often wondered what went on behind the scenes of the Premier League, but this book has gone a long way toward explaining it all. It feels very honestly told and really lifts the lid. I am sure I listened to much of it with my mouth half open. If you watch the Premiership then I think this is kind of a must-read because it will help to add to the sense of drama each season.
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Any additional comments?
If you have read the Secret Footballer you will enjoy this. They are similar but have a few differences. The player in this book takes a lighter look at life as a player that the Secret footballer but don’t let that put you off. This feels like a good insight into the dressing room environment without really being explosive.
Interesting tales, easy going, good narration and well worth a download for any football fan. 4/5
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Narration by Jamie Parker was boring, but did get used to it by the end.
Nothing really shocking in the book very tame. But interesting never the less.
But only in parts, stayed with it though! !!
Generally an acceptable listen and not distracting.
What made the experience of listening to The Secret Player the most enjoyable?
It was a great way to get a glimpse into the life of a professional footballer.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the author explains how he knows that his time as a footballer is running out it makes you realise that football is a harsh career. Players have shelf lives and by the time they are in their early 30's they are on their way out.
Any additional comments?
For anyone who likes the famous "Secret Footballer" this is definitely an interesting alternative and worth listening too. This book is probably a bit more laddish than the Secret Footballer - he is willing to go into much more detail about his personal life than The Secret Player but it's just as revealing as to what goes on behind the scenes at a top flight club.
Utter, Utter rubbish. I bought this audiobook as reviews said it was funny and was a very good insight into the life of a Professional Footballer. Funny? Well, if you think childish pranks are funny or, if you're a child, you may find some humour in the book. But if you've played even Sunday League Football (or any other team sport) there's nothing you haven't seen a hundred times. Illuminating? - Well, all it does is simply confirm what a bunch of spoilt, self obsessed, horrible people these footballers really are. Quite possible that they get this way due to the lifestyle so not casting aspertions. I may well be the same if I lived in un-real worlds. I will admit I learned one or two things about relationships with Managers/Agents etc., but that could all have been achieved in one chapter. It really was a case of learning one or two nuggets by wading through hours of inane drivel.
Sorry to say, but Jamie Parker should be nicknamed "Painless" as his narration style/tone brings to mind the feeling I get when I pop 2 x Tramadol - I'm soon falling fast asleep which, considering I listen whilst driving, is not a good thing!
It came as part of my £3.95 a credit joining offer and at that price, I would expect a refund of £3.94. I stopped listening so many times. My first ever audiobook took nearly 3 months to complete - It was that bad!
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