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Takenote! free pdf Darren Anderton's story is of a kid who grows up to live the dream of being a professional footballer at the highest level. He shines for his country in major finals, develops a reserved 'Mr Nice Guy' image and gets labelled 'Sicknote', with the public viewing him as injury prone, despite the fact he makes over 600 appearances in a distinguished playing career, largely among the elite. Anderton appreciates how lucky he has been to cash in on doing something he loves and enjoys sharing his good fortune with family and close friends. But he goes through personal trauma as the condition of his beloved father, a shining light during his career and life, deteriorates through emphysema, while he and his positive-thinking fiancee Katie deal with her cystic fibrosis, a chronic, progressive disease. He keeps his own counsel through it all. But his retirement as a player and the death of his father three months apart - the tale which starts "Takenote!" - prompts him to open his heart and put the record straight. Anderton gives untold behind-the-scenes insights into his public and private life which touch every raw emotion. In this compelling book, he reveals: the heaven-to-hell-and-back journey with England, including the European Championships and World Cup, Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth- how it enables him to play in the biggest football tournament since England won the 1966 World Cup and to cross paths - and sometimes swords - with a few of the game's biggest names- the list includes Terry Venables, his biggest top-flight influence, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran-Eriksson, David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Owen, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer, Robbie Keane, Roy Keane, Zinedine Zidane, Alan Ball, Daniel Levy and Lord Alan Sugar et al- the sense of relief and justice he feels at exposing the truth - and the individuals - behind the misinformed perceptions of his physical health as a player- and how he comes to turn down Alex Ferguson's offer to join Manchester United. He also reveals: his dismay at a being given a short 'thank you for your services' note - which includes being told his contract was not being renewed - from Tottenham Hotspur after 12 years loyalty- how he overcomes lack of self-esteem to become a world-class performer- the passing of his father- life with Katie, and a whole lot more. He is an easy-going, caring guy, but anyone who mistakes him as anodyne and meek discovers a steely individual with strong opinions, plenty of chutzpah and a lively sense of humour. This is the real Darren Anderton. If you think of him as Sicknote you will have to "Takenote!".

About Darren Anderton

Darren Anderton was born in Southampton, England, in 1972. He began playing for Itchen Saints, Bitterne Park Rangers and Winsor youth sides in his home city before Portsmouth as an associated schoolboy after being spotted performing for the district team. He was given an apprenticeship at Pompey by World Cup-winner Alan Ball and signed as a professional at the club by John Gregory, and given his first-team debut by Frank Burrows. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur for GBP2 million in the summer of 1992 after helping Jim Smith's Pompey reach the FA Cup semi-finals. He spent 12 years at White Hart Lane, where he won the League Cup. While with Spurs, he made 30 full England appearances, scored seven goals and appeared in Euro '96 and the 1998 World Cup Finals. He spent a season at Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, before completing 18 years as a professional with AFC Bournemouth. He has appeared on a variety of television shows, including A Question of Sport, and is eager to pursue a career in commentating. He is in the property business and involved in a venture in new technology. Mike Donovan is a freelance writer who has covered sport for more than 35 years. He has won two British Sports Writer of the Year awards, worked for the ground-breaking Today newspaper and contributed to a variety of national dailies and magazines. A former sports editor, he has also been a boxing and tennis correspondent. He has covered Wimbledon for more than 20 years, writing for nationals and the official Championship website. But football has always been his first sporting love, Spurs in particular, ever since his late Dad took him to White Hart Lane in September 1961, and he watched the Lilywhites lose 2-1 to Leicester City, fresh from winning the Double. He has known Darren Anderton for close to 20 years.

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Author : Darren Anderton
Publisher : DB Publishing
Data Published : 02 November 2010
ISBN : 1859838979
EAN : 9781859838976
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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