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Boozing, Betting & Brawling: The Autobiography of Mel Sterland

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Boozing, Betting & Brawling is the autobiography of former footballer, Mel Sterland, who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Glasgow Rangers and Leeds United. He was also capped once by England. The book which is co-authored by Sheffield-based journalist, Nick Johnson, opens with Sterland recounting plans to commit suicide after being forced into premature retirement from
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 11th 2008 by Green Umbrella Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Rick Bentley
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
As a Sheffield Wednesday fan who watched Mel from the terraces as a young boy, I found the insights & stories fascinating. Jaw dropping anecdotes and no holds barred recollections aplenty make this a good read for any football fan of the 80's & 90's - particularly if you followed any of the teams Mel represented in his playing days. Unfortunately, the writing itself is very poor and at times, the book stumbles from memory to memory without any link or break making it disjointed and amate ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This is quite a good book, especially if you are into football and are therefore familiar with both Mel Sterland and the other players/characters who crop up in the story. What I found quite interesting with the book is how Mel lived his life before the English Premiership started and when the football world went money mad. When he retired due to injury he didn't have millions in the bank and had to get a proper job. Which to me is unthinkable with the amount of money the modern day players get. ...more
Steve Parcell
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A entertaining read about one of the stalwarts of the English First Division in the 80's and early 90's.

Mel's autobiography is full of humour passion and moments of darkness and it is a fascinating insight in the world of the professional footballer before the days of Sky when the wages started to increase dramatically.

Mel is a real joker and excellent footballer but there is a dark side which is always simmering below the surface and the book covers it very well.

A must
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
In a no holds barred account of a footballer's career and troubled retirement, Mel Sterland wears his heart on his sleeve. There are some glorious anecdotes although the sub-Loaded laddishness does pall quite quickly. Amazingly open for a book of this kind - most footballer's autobiographies are anodyne. Several well known figures come in for strident criticism. Sterland was a really under-rated right back in his time for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.
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Raw reflections of old style football

Anyone interested in football, Sheffield and the Mel Sterland years will enjoy this candid account of his football life. Worth taking with you for poolside reading next holiday.
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