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Fowler: My Autobiography - Robbie Fowler
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Fowler: My Autobiography - Robbie Fowler
Advantages: A good insight to the spice boy culture
Disadvantages: written in scouse tone
I am a sports mad person who enjoys reading my sporting idols careers and how things started, Robbie, "The God" Fowler certainly falls into this category and I was thrilled when I was given this book for Christmas.
Robbie's Career -
Robbie is a Liverpool legend. He made his debut for Liverpool way back in 1993 and has just played his last game for the club after returning to them after a A bad reputation seems to follow him throughout his career, but after reading this book (I knew this anyway) this is totally unfounded. Robbie is actually seems to be more like the person who appealed to the ref not to give a penalty against Arsenal. Robbie played for Liverpool, Leeds and Man City.
Robbie was also capped 26 times by his country scoring 7 times.
Robbie at Liverpool -
This book explores Robbie's relationships with players like Steve MacManaman and shows where the horse racing for the 'Macca and Growler partnership', whilst learning his footballing trade from other greats like Ian Rush. You also find out where the Spice Boy's tag came from and why it stuck. Robbie also had his problems with team mates and you get the low down on the plane incident with Neil Ruddock. Robbie keenly explores his relationships with his managers, or lack of one with Houlier and Phil Thompson.
Robbie won major honours at Liverpool. He lifted the treble in 2000-2001 as Liverpool vice captain as Jamie Redknapp was out injured, however he found himself third choice striker behind Owen and Heskey.
Whilst in his early career at Liverpool, Fowler won the PFA young player of the year award for two consecutive seasons. This is a feat that has only been matched by Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney.
Outside of football -
Whilst getting all this on Robbie's star studded life he also gives you a very good insight into life growing up in Toxeth. How the Liverpool riots took place right on his doorstep, his relationship with friends and how he only had one thing on his mind - Football.
This book also explores his relationship with the Press and incidents like the coke snorting goal celebration and his relationship with the Blue nose supporters of Everton Football club. He often took a lot of stick from them and was once beaten up in a Liverpool hotel as a result.
The only down side of the book was that the first couple of chapters seemed to take along time to get through. It wasn't that the chapters were massive either, It just took me a while to get into the book, but once I got into his playing career his book quickly passed.
This is a funny, Witty and a deep insight into the last clinical goalscorer that England produced. I have read alot of footballers books and i have to say that this was the one that I have enjoyed the most thus far and there are so many things that Robbie has done in football. But then again Robbie is a true legend in my generation.
Verdict 4/5 - Defiantly worth a read for football fans of my generation. Robbie has done so much to the game and is often mis-interpreted but this book show's that he isn't a terror. Robbie is currently 4th in the premier league goal scoring charts and holds the fastest hat-trick in premiership history scored after netting a hat-trick against Arsenal in 4 and a half minutes. I don't want to go into much depth over many of the things.....let the great man speak for himself
Summary: A good book about one of the best natural finishers England has ever seen
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