The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)

The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport)

Paul McGuigan

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1840181087

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Robin Friday was an exceptional footballer who should have played for England. But he never did—why? Because Robin Friday was a man who would not bow down to anyone, who refused to take life seriously, and who lived every moment as if it were his last. Loved and admired by everyone who saw him, Friday also had a dark side—troubled, strong-minded, reckless, he would end up destroying himself. Tragically, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, he died at the age of 38 without ever having fulfilled his potential. This book provides the first full appreciation of a man too long forgotten by the world of football.

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stealing property of Miss Marjorie Wallace, the deposed Miss World . . . This was bearded Best’s third appearance at the court. Reading Evening Post, 26 April 1974 . . . Three Reading players will be under orders to be on their best behaviour when the Elm Park visit Chester for the final Fourth Division game of the season on Saturday. Robin Friday, Stewart Henderson and Dick Habbin could all miss the first two games of next season if they are booked at Seal End Road . . . Friday is the man

he had this wild streak. He loved a drink, he was a good-looking lad so I presume he didn’t have too much trouble with women, and I think he went around with quite a wild bunch. If you give yourself marks out of ten for getting a guy to do something for you within that environment, I would have given myself five or six out of ten. MAURICE EVANS: He loved people. He was great company, Robin, and seeing as he was one of the top sportsmen in Reading at the time, everyone wanted to know him. We

FRIDAY: When I was playing for Old Etonians, Robin said he would come over and watch me – this is when he had finished at Cardiff and he had finished with Liza and he was living with my mum. We’re playing, and all of a sudden, I see Robin walking over and he is well moxied. The keeper puts the ball down for a goal-kick and Robin runs on the pitch and kicks the ball. Now this club was a bit hoity-toity, it wasn’t really our scene, it was just that one of our mates had got in there. They didn’t

and I had to select a player of the decade and obviously it was Robin Friday. If you asked anybody who had watched Reading since the war who was the one player they would remember more than any other, I think 99 out of 100 would answer Robin Friday. JOHN MURRAY, READING PLAYER: Ability-wise, he could have played for England, no doubt about it. Reading Evening Post, 5 January 1980 The ’70s was probably the most turbulent decade in Reading’s history and certainly one of the most interesting . .

[Queen’s Park] Rangers. The guy who was in charge of the youth team was called Dennis Healey. Alex Stock was the manager then and Robin used to go training there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Robin was picked for the District side and then he went on ro Chelsea. He was there for quite a while. The reason he never made it at them clubs was because he was always very much his own player. He wouldn’t play the easy ball, he would always try something. They try to instil things in players and that’s what

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