Pages: 288
Suggested By: Ben Thornley
Date Started: November 14, 2018
Date Finished: February 12, 2019
Reason Book was Chosen: I'm a fan of Manchester United and have been watching them since I was a child. I went to Gigg Lane to watch the reserves during the 1990's as they played in my hometown Bury and I saw Ben play quite a few times. I really wanted to read this auto-biography as I know how talented he was and I was keen to read about how his life turned out following that horrible tackle that wrecked his Manchester United career before it had really begun. This is a signed edition by Ben.
My Thoughts

This is a great autobiography of a footballer whose career was wrecked by a horrible injury just one game after his first team debut for Manchester United.  I knew about Ben Thornley (at the time) as I went to a number of reserve team games at Gigg Lane as I live in Bury and I remember going to many reserve team games seeing the youngsters play in amongst United first team squad members such as the Legend Brian Robson, Mike Phelan (current Man Utd Assistant Manager) and Dion Dublin.

I love the fact that Ben managed to get so many United players to contribute to this book.  The lads who played in the youth team with him that made it to BIG leagues, the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary (and Phil) Neville and Nicky Butt as well as the aforementioned seasoned professionals along with Mark Hughes and Brian McClair (and others).  The two different styles are great too I really like the way the chapters were interspersed between a conversational style and a historical style.

This was a great read about a tragic albeit courageous story, it’s heartbreaking but there is so much humour and some really wonderful stories about how Ben coped and carried on his career.  He could have been a superstar but in the end it didn’t work out for him.  He still managed to follow his dream of playing professional football only not at the level that were expected of him as an 18 year old.  Great story that needed to be told, I think this is a must for any Manchester United fan.

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