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Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Full Time: the Secret Life of Tony Cascarino is the most praised football autobiography in a very long time. Reviewers' jaws dropped at "the searing honesty ... and the breathless style" (The Saturday Times); The Observer Sport Monthly gasped "It's Angela's Ashes with half-time oranges ... a footballer's autobiography like no other. The most astonishing sports book of the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Scribner (first published November 6th 2000)
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Jul 19, 2015 Bookhuw rated it it was ok
That this book is so often held up as one of the best football (assisted) autobiographies is perhaps more of a damning indictment of the feeble genre than significant praise for this book itself. It starts promisingly; the ageing, depressed, anonymous footballer in a quiet part of France has a novelistic feel to it, but things soon fall in line with sport biography derivatives. Some of the more interesting revelations don't get explored – for example, Cascarino hints he was an unwitting (yet ...more
Apr 06, 2016 Aj rated it really liked it
Read this book at the same as Peter Stringers autobiography. It's interesting to contrast the approach of them, both around the same age at the time of writing but drastically different approaches to the game and their health. One gets caught up in the trappings of stardom and barely wants to play the game at times, the other will do anything to get on the pitch and prolong their career.

Regarding Cascarino himself, I only really witnessed the tail end of his career, but the book gives some great
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Jan 28, 2016 Francis Cahill rated it it was amazing
I'm a bit late getting to this (the book is 15 years old) but what a read. Take a bow Tony Cascarino. He calls it as it is. No syrup here. A warts and all look at professional soccer and must echo for the myriad of lads who are good players but not exceptional. Very honest with hilarious moments sprinkled throughout. My favourite being Chippy Brady, hopping mad, arriving late back to the hotel after a humiliating UEFA loss with Celtic only to find the lads all getting well oiled and ready for a ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of sports autobiographies, but bought this one after it was recommended to me. I knew of some of the Cascarino stories, principally his actual ineligibility to play for ROI despite his many caps, but this very readable book gives us the warts and all story of his life, often focusing on his self doubt and his guilt laden private life, as well of course as his football career.

I flew through the book in a day and can understand the plaudits it received on its release in 2000. I
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Apr 01, 2015 Dale Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. An in-depth look into the life of an 'average' striker. With average players writing autobiographies, the anecdotes had better be better than usual, and Cascarino delivers!

"Are you a man or a mouse?", queried Andy Townsend before Cas nervously volunteered to be one of the penalty takers in the shootout against Romania.
Mar 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. I'm a football fan, but gave it to a mate who hates football when we ran out of our own books on holiday and she loved it too. Cascarino has a great tale to tell, but a lot is down to the way the story is told. Kimmage's storytelling makes this feel more like a novel than a biography.
Oct 26, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
A cut above the average sport biography. Reads on occasion like fiction, but there were times that I felt the authors could have cut loose, but were restrained by the limitations of the sport biography medium. That reduced the books impact. Saying that, it was an easy read and quite eye opening in parts, without descending into gossip.
Apr 03, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
Very good for anyone who wants to hear of the heady days of Euro 88 and Italia 90. Big Cas gives an honest take on what it was like before the Premiership and his own troubles

Definitely worth a read!
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Jul 05, 2014 Joseph Fuller rated it really liked it
A rare intersection between sporting glory and brutal inner turmoil, a cut above your average sporting autobiography. Written/co-written with candour, levity and grim honesty. Well worth a read even if you've never made it through a full 90 minutes!
Mar 31, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
One of the most and frank personal sports books out there. An entertaining read & a must for all soccer fans.
Jan 31, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this for research into the daily lives of over the hill footballers, quite an interesting read but not exactly well written.
Jun 28, 2008 Dynamopiev rated it it was amazing
Cascarino seems like a really funny guy in this book, unusually to hear a footballer be so self-effacing! Has to be one of the best football autobiographies ever written.
Oct 26, 2008 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A refreshingly honest football autobiography from someone who does not have an "image" to preserve. As much about lack of self-confidence as football.
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Feb 04, 2013 Paul Mccarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good old footballer's biography. This is how it used to be before the flash cars and diamond earings that footballers have today. Does not matter who you support, this is worth a read.
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Paul Kimmage is an Irish sports journalist who, until his departure in early 2012, wrote for the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom. He is a former professional road bicycle racer. Kimmage was born into a cycling family. [Wikipedia]
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