The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)

The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)

Paul McGuigan

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1840181087

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Robin Friday was an exceptional footballer who should have played for England. But he never did—why? Because Robin Friday was a man who would not bow down to anyone, who refused to take life seriously, and who lived every moment as if it were his last. Loved and admired by everyone who saw him, Friday also had a dark side—troubled, strong-minded, reckless, he would end up destroying himself. Tragically, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, he died at the age of 38 without ever having fulfilled his potential. This book provides the first full appreciation of a man too long forgotten by the world of football.



















minimum of 12. JOHN MURRAY, PLAYER: I came from Burnley because I beat up the manager there. I don’t know – Charlie Hurley must have had a thing for bad boys that season. MAURICE EVANS: Robin never had any money. I was always lending him money but he always paid me back. He was always looking for money for something, like a taxi fare. ROD LEWINGTON: If you said to Robin, as a lot of people round town did, ‘Give us a fiver, mate,’ he would give it to you and then forget all about it. He

replied, ‘Yes, me, I was very hurt. For the first time since I came to the club I was really hurt by some things that happened in the game.’ Hurley went on to use such words as, ‘disgusting’, ‘appalling’, and ‘disgraceful’ to describe various aspects of his team’s performance. He is clearly now resigned to the fact that some of the side which has won only one of their eight games and three of their last 15 want to see someone else in his job. Once again some of the Reading team were put to shame

own players. Any club whose players reach 100 points will have to face the FA and the possibility of a heavy fine. JOHN MURRAY: We were sitting in a café one time and there were all these taxi-drivers talking about prison. I didn’t know anything about Tony, Robin’s brother [being in prison], and one of them started saying that if you were put inside you deserved it because you shouldn’t be that stupid. Next thing I know Robin has leapt up and he’s on this guy, jabbing him in the face with a

Atkinson also has problems [at Cambridge] and may drop Bobby Shinton . . . Reading Evening Post, 27 December 1975 Reading 1 Cambridge 0 Ray Hiron scored the only goal of the match for Reading against Cambridge. The match was watched by the biggest crowd at Elm Park this year, 7, 783 . . . Reading Evening Post, 29 December 1975 Malcolm Allison, television personality and manager of Crystal Palace, was charged earlier today with driving while unfit through drink. Christmas Eve TV, 1975 BBC

bit. He had plenty of convictions already but the one which got him borstal was a silly bit of stealing – a car radio or something. He got a DC first, a detention centre, but he got out of that because he had asthma. But about three months later he was nicked for something else and he got borstal. That was in Feltham. The one he actually went to was the one where blokes who had drug problems go to. He did something like 14 months, but while he was there they had a football side and they started

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