Wayne Rooney: Boots of Gold

Wayne Rooney: Boots of Gold

John Sweeney

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1849540713

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Irreverent, hilarious, and surprising, this is a warts-and-all biography of England's most famous sportsman and an exposé of the iniquities of some of those who have sought their pound of flesh from his celebrity. Short-tempered he may be, but when he pulls on his boots to play for Manchester United, there's no doubting Wayne Rooney's talent or position as Britain's greatest living footballer. With a supporting cast including David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson, this is a must-read for all fans of soccer.

John Sweeney is one of the BBC's leading investigative journalists.

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in any respect at fault.’ Duckenfield’s conduct never merited any charge or official sanction worth writing home about. He had gone on sick pay, and took early retirement from the South Yorkshire Police. Liverpool, as a community, took this badly. The word on the street was that this was a case of the Establishment looking after its own. However, in 1990, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Allan Green, concluded that there was insufficient evidence upon which a prosecution could be brought

all the way up to – but, thankfully, not including – Winston Churchill. Turing helped win the Battle of the Atlantic celebrated in The Wezzy’s pub sign, both through the working of his amazing mind and his contempt for the bureaucracy that slowed the code-cracking down. He, too, was spectacularly odd. According to his biographer Andrew Hodges, in his terrific book Alan Turing: The Enigma of Intelligence, ‘there was his voice, liable to stall in mid-sentence with a tense, high-pitched

through and through. The side has a real family atmosphere, full of malarkey and messing about, and the Rooneys loved it. When he was sixteen Roo signed a kind of football version of a prenuptial agreement, committing him to the Blues. It kept the other clubs at bay, at least for the time being. That season, coming to a close in the spring of 2002, Everton had more than their fair share of injuries. In April Little Wayne travelled to Southampton with the team proper as a substitute. Roo records

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