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Not Such a Bad Life: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me

Paul Weller, Dave Thomas

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From the publisher:

Paul Weller was a one-club player. He moved from sunny Brighton aged just 16 to dreary Burnley, with its grey skies, run-down terraced streets and mill chimneys, where riots were among the first things he saw. A more timid person might have caught the first train home.

But he went on to play 252 games for the Clarets between 1993 and 2005. He would have played many more but for suffering the debilitating effects of colitis. It took a huge chunk out of his career, forcing him out of the first team.

Other players might have capitulated, but he faced the problem head on, battled it and beat it and got back into the first team, with a promotion to the Championship. Remarkably, he was 'player of the season' the very next year. This is a real-life story of how to overcome obstacles and fight illness using courage, grit and determination.

But it is also a story of the bullying, pitfalls and perils that await any aspiring footballer, the impact of managers and the inhuman cruelty with which players can be so casually released.

The author:

This is Dave Thomas's 22nd book on Burnley FC and his fifth for Pitch. His most recent book was Bob Lord of Burnley: The Biography of Football's Most Controversial Chairman. Dave started watching Burnley in 1960. A former headmaster, he now lives in Leeds but travels to Burnley for every game.

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
320 pages
April 2021
English
9781785317682