The joyful 1966 World Cup-winning pinnacle of Nobby Stiles's fine career only masks the heartache, pain and battles that the little midfield terrier had to endure in a lifetime of knockbacks. Indeed, he could have called this excellent autobiography Against All Odds.
A classic of a burgeoning genre, due in no small part to Lawton's sympathetic marshalling of some wonderfully evocative material.
A captivating tale of a real football man, who had a hard fight to establish himself with Manchester United and in the national team.
A brilliant autobiography.
As football books go, this is one of the best I've read.