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Square Peg, Round Ball: Football, TV and Me

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Ned is a wonderful writer and tells great stories. He's very well connected too.Previous books Ne... Read More

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Ned is a wonderful writer and tells great stories. He's very well connected too.Previous books Ned have written have sold very well.These are inside stories from the great and the good of football, which is always so popular with fans.Ned Boulting began his television career in 1997 when he joined Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday. He moved to ITV Sport in 2001, and has covered a range of football events including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup over a period of fifteen years. Ned is the author of five books, including the bestselling How I Won the Yellow Jumper and On the Road Bike. He lives in London with his wife and two children. @nedboultingSHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2023 - SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR 'What Ned hasn't seen on a sports TV channel isn't worth knowing about.' Gabby Logan 'From falling out with Mourinho to flying with Gerrard, this is a wonderful journey through football.' Henry Winter 'A great read by one of sport's good guys.' Jonathan Liew 'A beautiful love letter to a love no longer felt.' Adrian Chiles Square Peg, Round Ball is a candid, insightful reminiscence on a life in football. From time to time, as I lurched from training ground to player's tunnel, I'd be glared at by Alex Ferguson, clapped on the back by Arsène Wenger, taken out the back by Alan Pardew or banned by José Mourinho. In the time it took for the Golden Generation to come of age, dominate, disappoint and retire, I fell in - and ultimately out - of love with the game, as I was granted a uniquely privileged insight into the backstage comings and goings of the professional football circus. Although best known as ITV's commentator on the Tour de France, Ned Boulting has spent most of his professional life covering football. Follow Ned's journey from football supporter to reporter - from criss-crossing the country in a banger of a car hoping for a word or two from the latest big signing, to the glamour of the Champions League. Ned really has been there, done that, and got the Sky Sports jacket to prove it. Witnessing the shenanigans, the machinations and the idiocy of football at close quarters Ned shares his best stories with affection. Whether it's treading mud into Steven Gerrard's pristine white carpets, or nearly being pushed into oncoming traffic by a menacing Vinnie Jones, or being chased away from Roman Abramovich's house by some scary looking men on quadbikes - Ned has made a fool of himself to bring us the best tales from his experiences in 90s and 2000s football.Ned Boulting, bestselling author and former football commentator and presenter (now best known for his cycling commentary) reminisces about a life in football.1. Anpfiff 2. Football is the Game 3. The Man With the Cone Upon His Head 4. Brown and White Dynamite 5. Football Factory 6. First Dance 7. Access Codes 8. Best 9. The End of the Day 10. Monkey Business 11. Gap Year 12. A Good Out 13. Wednesday's Child 14. Championship Form 15. The Colour Blue 16. The Skipper 17. Fußball Comes Home 18. Trans-Europe Express 19. Fick FUFA 20. Euro Exit 21. Abpfiff Epilogue AcknowledgementsBELIEVABLE!From falling out with Mourinho to flying with Gerrard, this is a wonderful journey through football. Insightful and funnyA bouncy, amusing and honest reminiscence. This is Ned in a nutshell.A great read by one of sport's good guys.Ned has seen it all from the excesses and madness of Sky Sports in the early years to the revolving door of ITV Sport which he stayed firmly on the right side of. What Ned hasn't seen on a sports TV channel isn't worth knowing about.A beautiful love letter to a love no longer felt.An elegant, stirring and often joyful journey through football and masculinityA funny, warm and wise book about football and the perpetual struggle to reach adulthoodNed's perspective on football was always like no other - on one hand an amusingly stubborn refusal to succumb to its self-importance; on the other, a fascinated engagement with its narratives and culture. I promise you - nobody saw the game quite like he didA well-crafted memoir

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Title: Square Peg, Round Ball: Football, TV and Me
Author: Ned Boulting
SKU: BK0446609
EAN: 9781472979261

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Ned Boulting began his television career in 1997 when he joined Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday. He moved to ITV Sport in 2001, and has covered a range of football events including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup over a period of fifteen years. Ned is the author of five books, including the bestselling How I Won the Yellow Jumper and On the Road Bike. He lives in London with his wife and two children. @nedboulting

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