Life in the Beautiful Game (Paperback)
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Bob Wilson’s “Life in The Beautiful Game” sees the Arsenal legend and veteran BBC presenter takes a long and personal look back at a sport that has kept him busy in one form or another for over half a century. During his career, he has played alongside or against, coached, interviewed, become friends with, or at least met pretty much every great name the game of football has ever produced. Needless to say, he has picked up some pretty good stories along the way. From Busby to Beckham, Greaves to Gazza, Cruyff to Charlton, no one escapes Wilson’s entertaining dissection of the game. You can discover why the great Bill Shankly once locked him in a room at the Liverpool training ground and wouldn’t let him out, why the legendary Brian Clough once insisted on getting him drunk before an interview, and what really happened in that infamous Arsenal and Man Utd tunnel punch-up between Vieira and Keane. It’s clearly a sport he loves, and there is no question that reading his book will leave you remembering why football acquired the moniker – “The Beautiful Game”.
Bob Wilson was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to football and his charity, the Willow Foundation, which he founded in memory of his daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31, and which receives royalties from the sale of his books.