Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Martin Johnson Autobiography” as Want to Read:
Martin Johnson Autobiography
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Martin Johnson Autobiography

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  259 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Martin Johnson is the towering second row forward who has come to set the standards of what a professional rugby player should do. His drive and physical presence mean that he is a natural leader on the pitch - and off it, too. In this, his long-awaited autobiography, he looks at the changing world of rugby. He explains why he led the England team to the brink of a strike ...more
Paperback
Published August 2nd 2004 by Headline (first published November 28th 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Manuel Antão
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Rugby as I see it is a game of the mind: for all the strength, all the bashing all the dark dark places you go to (in the scrum for one) you need to have a clear mind to make the move that takes you beyond the try line. As a player Martin Johnson was great. As a coach not so much. View the 1997 Lions DVDs, going back 14 years and see that Martin Johnson's pep talks are very elementary. He's a brute of a man who could play second row and lead from the trenches. What is required now is a far more ...more
Manuel Antão
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Game of the Mind: "Martin Johnson - The Autobiography" by Martin Johnson Rugby as I see it is a game of the mind: for all the strength, all the bashing all the dark dark places you go to (in the scrum for one) you need to have a clear mind to make the move that takes you beyond the try line. As a player Martin Johnson was great. As a coach not so much. View the 1997 Lions DVDs, going back 14 years and see that Martin Johnson's pep talks are very elementary. He's a brute of a man who could play s ...more
Paul Martin
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having hated England way back in high school for taking what was possibly the world cup that put Professional Rugby on the world's map, I have over the years taken time to review how the magic of 2002 - 2003 England team all came together. I have re-watched matches, read books (now this is my second) and pulled up old articles.

Martin Johnson book makes for a great and humble read. The story of the phenomenal build up to the Aus-Eng final very insightful. England got a lot of bad press from the d
...more
Jack
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great book for all rugby fans out there. It is an auto-biography that tells the story of Martins journey as he goes from the amateur game to the professional game.
Pete daPixie
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a superb sporting autobiography! Originally published in 2003, soon after the Rugby Union World Cup final, but updated in 2004.
Martin Johnson enjoyed such a distinguished playing career that began in 1989 and finished in 2004. In that time span he led Leicester Tigers, England and the British Lions through incredible highs and lows. The achievements of the teams that he captained are documented in detail and little wonder that his autobiography was voted 'sports book of the year'.
Having rea
...more
Behrooz
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I bought this just after winning the world cup and I expected more about the world cup itself.
Samuel Slade Is A Gangsta Boss Like A G6 Aldae Every Dae
The catergory that this book fits into on the bingo board is autobiography or biography

I decided to read this book because it is a former rugby captain and i like the player.

What i liked about the book and why, was he tallked about coming to NZ and also while he was actually playing a game which i enjoyed reading about because he explained it well.

There wasnt much i didnt like about the book because it is all very interesting to me.

I would reccomend this book to any avid rugby players or anybody
...more
Nick
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, sport
The version I have contains a brief chapter at the end on the World Cup win, hurredly put together to benefit from the pubicity that generated. That, and the rest, is OK. As with many sports biogs it does have a lot of "we were losing at half-time but knew we could turn it around" etc. There are some interesting anecdotes, but few about leadership or captaincy, which was disappointing. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more in the aftermath of that WC win, but a decade on it was all a little flat.
Paul Kearney
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Typically play by play affair from a no nonsense character`s literary debut .
Until the last third. When the heart and passion of elite sports knife edge is taken out of chronology. And back loaded with adrenaline pumping world cup wins and lions tours. Acheiving a memorable climatic punch
...more
Dai Reading
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Far too much detail about almost every game he played in - I would have liked more general detail and insights into the wider realms of the world of rugby.
Sue Brienza
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Brilliant book, really enjoyed this
Chris Harrison
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the chapters about the Lions and winning the world cup the best, definately worth a read even if like me your not the biggest rugby fan
David Highton
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
top man
Cillian Lehmann
rated it liked it
Jun 06, 2018
Michael
rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2012
Simon
rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2018
Stephen Noonen-Foster
rated it really liked it
Aug 16, 2014
Carl Atkinson
rated it liked it
Oct 31, 2016
Raha Razin
rated it really liked it
Aug 26, 2014
Leonard Durac
rated it really liked it
Apr 26, 2017
Tony Steele
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2017
Alanh
rated it it was ok
Jul 12, 2015
Richard Luck
rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2018
Lara
rated it really liked it
Sep 22, 2011
Valdas Dambrauskas
rated it really liked it
Nov 08, 2016
Lee
rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2011
Tony Hart
rated it it was amazing
Jul 04, 2017
James Bateman
rated it it was amazing
Sep 11, 2016
Rachel
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2009
Simon
rated it it was amazing
Sep 17, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Winning!. Clive Woodward
  • Start the Car: The World According to Bumble
  • Barefoot Soldier
  • And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History
  • Farewell But Not Goodbye
  • Gerrard: My Autobiography
  • Carra: My Autobiography
  • My Liverpool Home
  • Fowler: My Autobiography
  • Out of my Comfort Zone: The Autobiography
  • Being Freddie: My Story So Far
  • John Major: The Autobiography
  • Coming Back to Me
  • The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
  • In Black and White
  • Things My Mother Never Told Me
  • Lady Gregory's Toothbrush
  • The Making of Modern Britain